GP Anderson hands a check to Wadena Food Shelf volunteer Alice Houle

As the 2017 Christmas season has concluded, GP Anderson, creator of the "Christmas In Wadena" animated light show, gathered up food and monetary gifts to bring to Project Share of Wadena, the local food shelf in Wadena.
A check for $1158.53 was handed to Alice Houle, volunteer of the Wadena Food Shelf along with 336 pounds of food. Over the past nine years, Christmas In Wadena has collected more than 3034 pounds of food and $11,019.06 for the food shelf.

Anderson said he does it because "to truly relieve hunger in our community, it's important that we first transform the thinking behind hunger relief. Providing a bag of groceries to a person in need today is obviously important. But how do we make it so that person isn't in need tomorrow?" he asked.

"Implementing sustainable systems that feed our neighbors in immediate need while helping them get back on their feet and in position to help others is the key to ending the cycle of hunger," he said. "It's becoming increasingly clear that providing our hungry neighbors information about available resources is just as important as the food source itself. What good is a food source if no one knows about it?"

Christmas In Wadena is an animated light show to music that is created, produced, edited, mixed, built and maintained by Anderson. Thousands of people have visited the free display over past holiday seasons.

Donations Year by Year

  • 2008 186 lbs of food $461.56 dollars
  • 2009 186 lbs of food $511.00 dollars
  • 2010 440 lbs of food $1,590.25 dollars
  • 2011 410lbs of food $1,475 dollars
  • 2012 452lbs of food $1,407.07 dollars
  • 2013 354 lbs of food $887.61 dollars
  • 2014 347 lbs of food $1,458.25 dollars
  • 2015 323 lbs of food $2059.12 dollars
  • 2016 336 lbs of food $1158.53 dollars
  • 2017 389 lbs. of food $1505.30 dollars
  • 2018 409 lbs. of food $1905.30 dollars

Total Donations

3,832 lbs. of food and $14429.66 dollars

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