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2016 Holiday Lights Contest & Food Drive: Results

Many thanks to our residents for participating and sharing their lighting displays, and to our neighbors who donated food items to this great cause. We received a big “Thank you!” from Network of Community Ministries for the 644 food items collected (the total weight was 674.8 pounds). Again, thanks to all for coming out on a cold, rainy, windy weekend to make this happen! Have a happy and healthy holiday!

The final count of food items collected is as follows:

  • 1915 Deep Valley Pl (Wes Sullivan): 102
  • 800 Edgefield Dr (Marahya Mora): 56
  • 811 Melrose Dr (Mary & Mark Hawley): 72
  • 921 Pinecrest Ln (Cathleen Ramsdale): 43
  • 923 Redwood Dr (David & Sue Chang): 7
  • 921 Sandalwood Dr (Michael & Pat Johnson): 10
  • 740 Vinecrest Ln (Ken & Susan Usher): 29
  • 914 Vinecrest Ln (Ruth & Bruce Holley): 50
  • 916 Warren Way (Cindy Schattle): 60
  • 815 Wateka Way (Heather Potter): 6
  • 1207 Waterview Dr (Betty & Johnny Carano): 75
  • 1515 Waterview Dr (Liz & Rick Johnson): 21
  • 1304 Wisteria Way (Joan Neher): 76
  • 1625 Wisteria Way (Tim & Melanie Seaman): 37
  • Cash/Check Donations: $10.00

2016 Holiday Lights Contest & Food Drive

It’s Time to Light Up Greenwood Hills!
Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 18

It may be hard to believe with all the warm weather we’ve been having as of late, but our sixth annual neighborhood holiday lights contest and food drive is fast approaching! This year we are teaming up with Boy Scout Troop 317 to collect food for people in need. Last year we collected 895 items for Network of Community Ministries of Richardson. This year, our goal is to collect 1000 items. Are you ready to unpack those outdoor holiday decorations and get in the spirit?

All residents are welcome to participate by decorating the outside of their homes with lights and other holiday decor. A list of participating homes will be shared Wednesday, December 14 via our neighborhood e-newsletter, here on our website at greenwoodhillsna.com, and on Nextdoor.

You and your neighbors will be the judges. Vote for your favorite house by placing nonperishable food items in the house’s collection box any time from Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18. Each item collected counts as one vote. Stuffing the box is definitely allowed! Be sure to tell your neighbors, friends, and family about this fun and helpful cause.

After Monday, December 19, all donated items will be collected, sorted, and counted by the boy scouts, and the winner announced the following weekend via our neighborhood e-newsletter, greenwoodhillsna.com, and Nextdoor. The home with the most items collected will receive a $25 gift certificate to Calloway’s Nursery. All donations will be delivered to the Network of Community Ministries’ food pantry.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, contact Betty Carano at vp@greenwoodhillsna.com or 972.238.9277. Interested participants should include their name, address, and phone number. You will receive a collection box to place outside your home from Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18. The box will be picked up after voting is completed.

We hope you will participate by decorating your home and acting as a collection point, or by voting for your favorite home and donating food. All the best to your and yours from GHNA this holiday season!


What types of food can I donate to the holiday lights food drive?

  • Canned beans
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned meats
  • Canned pasta meals (Chef Boyardee or similar)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Dried beans
  • Hearty soups
  • “Just add water” mixes (pancake, muffin, biscuit, etc.)
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Non-refrigerated cheese
  • Pasta and sauce
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Powdered milk
  • Rice
  • Tuna