- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PILGER, Neb. (AP) - Some Pilger residents have donated outdoor Christmas decorations after the town’s holiday lighting was destroyed in a tornado earlier this year.

The northeastern Nebraska community’s decorations were stored at a resident’s home, which was leveled by the June 16th tornado, the Norfolk Daily News (https://bit.ly/1z3maVx ) reported. New holiday ornaments and lights were purchased, and three trees at Pilger Park were decorated with them by Thanksgiving.

Soon, other residents added to the lighting in Pilger Park, contributing outdoor nativity sets, small lighted trees, along with several Santas and a whole herd of reindeer. A collaborative effort between Brite Ideas of Omaha and the Salvation Army also provided more holiday lighting.

About 10 volunteers worked to add the lights to the park. A line of snowflakes lights illuminate a bike path waving through the park and some playground equipment is outlined in lights.

“It is absolutely beautiful,” said community leader Angela Denton, “and just strengthens the truth that there are so many compassionate people in this world willing to help.”

Roughly three-quarters of Pilger was heavily damaged or destroyed by the storm.


Information from: Norfolk Daily News, https://www.norfolkdailynews.com

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