Now that we’ve bid farewell to the holiday season and fully embraced the new year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the warmth and generosity that defined the recent festivities at NoogaLights. Our annual drive-through Christmas lights display not only brightened the winter nights but also became a beacon of goodwill through charitable donations from the community. Join us as we recap all the giving that unfolded in 2022 and 2023 and celebrate the remarkable community spirit that continues to define NoogaLights.
The Charitable Initiatives
In 2023, we made a deliberate choice to infuse our holiday celebration with a charitable spirit. By introducing a donation option during ticket purchases, our goal was clear – extend the season of giving beyond the glittering lights. We aimed to foster community engagement, support local charities, and spread goodwill during a time when it’s needed most.
NoogaLights Giveback Stats 2023
Building on the success of the previous year, our community’s generosity soared to new heights in 2023. Together, we gave an astounding total of $67,337 in donations and donated services. Here’s the breakdown for 2023:
- Keep Soddy Daisy Beautiful: $486
- Soddy-Daisy Community Library: $772
- Soddy-Daisy Firefighters Association: $3,079
- North Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce: $2,500
- Additionally, a remarkable in-kind donation of the impressive 65-foot Community Christmas tree at Soddy-Daisy’s City Hall, valued at $65,000.
NoogaLights Giveback Stats 2022
In 2022, we began our charity campaigns to financially benefit several local nonprofit partners, in addition to a food drive and free advertisement at the 2022 drive-thru event. Together, we gave back a grand total of $17,488 to various charitable causes through monetary donations and services. Take a look at the breakdown of these donations:
- Human Education Society: $1,163
- Northside Neighborhood: $1,162
- Bethel Bible Village: $1,163
- Soddy-Daisy High School clubs and organizations: Over $8,000
- Free entry tickets to area nonprofits: Over $6,000
These contributions reached far and wide, supporting diverse projects and initiatives that touched the lives of many, thanks to your incredible support.
None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of our NoogaLights family and the Chattanooga and Soddy Daisy communities. Your participation in special events, collaborations, and individual efforts showcased the true spirit of Christmas: to give freely to those who need it most. The success of the NoogaLights giveback is a testament to our shared commitment to making a positive impact and our shared love for our community.
As we celebrate these charitable achievements, NoogaLights is already looking ahead. Plans and goals for the future of our charitable initiatives are in the works, and we extend an earnest invitation for you to continue supporting events that go beyond magical twinkling lights and bring forth positive change.
Thank You for Supporting NoogaLights and the Chattanooga Community!
The NoogaLights community giveback has not only brightened the holiday season but has also illuminated the path of compassion and generosity. To everyone in our NoogaLights family—the organizers, sponsors, and every person who visited and donated—our deepest gratitude. As we close the chapter on these two remarkable years, let’s carry the spirit of giving forward and look ahead to the many more lights that will brighten our community in the future.
Spread the Word and Stay Connected
Join us in celebrating the joy of giving by sharing this blog post and spreading the word about the positive impact made through NoogaLights! For more information and future updates on the 2024 NoogaLights event, visit our website or follow us on social media. Together, let’s continue to make a difference in the lives of those around us.
Thank you for being an essential part of the NoogaLights journey!