The Village of Hussar is back to light up the night for their eighth year in a row.
Hussar resident and event organizer Lea Hiebert explained the annual event originally got started in 2015 by a spark of an idea that a senior who had lived in Hussar for many years had, and one community member made it come true in December of 2015.
The idea was to honour loved ones who had passed and light up the night to remember, and each year the displays have grown with more people getting involved.
Hiebert noted that families in Hussar have dealt with many losses for such a small community, "Our community has had a dark cloud over it for the last 5 years, and this brings us all together to heal."
The community members and businesses from Hussar and Wheatland Country purchase a site or tree in the campground and the sites are decorated to honour passed loved ones, and businesses trees are decorated to help promote local business throughout the community. The organizers also sell luminaries that line and light up the pathway for everyone’s passed loved ones.
Hiebert explained that all of the money collected goes towards the Hussar Crisis Recovery Fund and the town waives the electricity fee.
"The Hussar Crisis Recovery Fund is a group that was started years ago to help community members going through an unexpected crisis, whatever it might be. Over the years this group has relied on donations to be able to support the community members going through rough times. This fund has helped so many families over the years deal with crisis, giving them one less thing to worry about at the worst times in their lives. It’s a very worthwhile fund and we are always accepting donations to keep it running," explained Hiebert.
The community encourages everyone to come to see the lights that will be on display until January 1, and if anyone would like to make a donation Hiebert said they are accepted at the Credit Union in Hussar.
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