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Decorated homes support homeless

December 3, 2013

Renee Bauer (right) and Orrisa Daily greet guests as the enter the Bauer home. Renee and her husband David let residents tour their home, along with three other houses, for The Lighthouse’s Christmas Walk. Linda McKee/Post & Mail photo.

COLUMBIA CITY — Decorating for Christmas took on a whole new meaning for some Whitley County families.

The 2nd Annual Lighthouse Christmas Walk took place Saturday and is a fundraiser for the transitional shelter.

“This time of year is harder on us than others,” said Tania Keirn, director for The Lighthouse. “If we had 10 people from every business, church and organization pledge just $10 per month, we would have what we need.”

According to Keirn, the shelter sees utility expenses in excess of $1,000 each month during the winter. That burden coupled with the increased to need for housing during colder months can mean a financial hardship for the nonprofit organization.

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