Lion Lights to Illuminate West Islip Saturday

Candles will be lit across the community to support residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Residents are encouraged to light candles and display them in front of their homes Saturday as part of a community-wide demonstration of support for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The event, known as "Lion Lights," is spearheaded by the West Islip Lionheart Foundation, which has provided clothing, food, and funds to West Islip families in need in the wake of the Oct. 29 storm. To date, Lionheart has raised more than $40,000 for Sandy victims.

Luminary kits containing cups of bird seed, candles and white bags have been distributed to students throughout the district to bring home. Those in the area without school-age children can pick up kits at Our Little Italy Pizzeria, West Islip Wines and Liquors, and the Lion's Den.The supplies for the luminaries were donated by local organizations.

Community members are asked to light the candles and place them on the curbside in front of their homes at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. In the case of rain, the display will occur at the same time on Sunday.

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pampatriot December 14, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I see where you are going with this. Maybe you're right. Maybe backpacks wasn't the most well thought out idea. I would never consider you a cold hearted anything going by what I've read from you. I think you have very well thought out, reasonable judgements and I am glad we have you in this community. Maybe next year kids can give their parents a voucher and the local supermarkets can accept the voucher from parents and get the goodie bags filled with these items for this heartwarming event that way. I am sorry for the pain and suffering unfolding today in CT. I just couldn't stop the tears. When we light our candles on Saturday, think of the loss of our brethren, the little children and adults taken from this world so horrifically. I know I will.
Mary Beth B December 14, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I'm guessing Lionheart was assuming common sense among parents. Maybe some of you should have been given a special message on what to do. Why must you turn every little thing into a problem?
Nomo Bigelow December 15, 2012 at 04:48 AM
I heard that the West Islip teachers donated $10,000 to help the community. If they did thats a great thing. They should get credit bc they are always bashed in the paper. I appreciate it because my family members really can use the help. Thank you teachers
Wendy Regan December 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Well you know what they say about assuming.... Marybeth did it ever occur to you that many of the elementary students in our town don't have the luxury of mom or dad waiting at home for them after school to go through their backpacks and those same parents just "assume" that "common sense" would dictate that their children wouldn't come home from school w/ a goodie bag containing candles? Take as many personal swipes at me as you want, but you must admit that giving children candles and directions to light them is not a "little thing". And the funny thing about common sense MaryBeth, is that it's a two-way street.
Wendy Regan December 15, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Yes, it's true. The West Islip Teachers' Association donated $10,000.00 to Lionheart to help the West Islip Community. The sizeable donation was an act of compassion, kindness and generousity and was not solicited.


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