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Luminaria Night in Helena honors frontline workers with nearly 4,000 lights

Luminaria Night Recap
Posted at 1:33 PM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 15:33:55-05

HELENA — Helena neighbors gathered to place these lights (pictured above) honoring all pandemic workers such as nurses, grocery workers, teachers, law enforcement, and more.

It is part of a community project named “Luminaria Night.”

“I just feel blessed to be in this community," says Paul Lee, an ICU Nurse at St. Peter’s Health.

However, the picture above does not represent the size of the event that took place the night of February 14th, 2021.

Helena Boy Scouts says they sold over 600 boxes of luminarias.

Each box had enough materials for six of them. That’s nearly 4,000 luminarias showcased all across Helena and surrounding neighborhoods. The gesture was noticed.

“I was diving down the street and saw some of the lights in the community,” says Terri Norman, a teacher at Capital High School.

"I was working during the day, I got off at 7:30 p.m. that night. On the ride home, I got to see several different houses that had the luminarias out," says Lee.

"It was really heartwarming to see that the community came together and did something cool like that to support the first responders," says Norman.

"The scouts did a wonderful job. We felt it. People were talking about it the next day. So, thank you," says Lee.

"There was one house that had about ten [luminarias] with messages. Some people put hearts on them. I mean, it was really neat,” says Doug Wheeler, Troop 214 Scoutmaster. “They took it to another level beyond what we were offering out there for them to be able to recognize those frontline workers."

Besides selling them, the Troop 214 Boy Scouts placed luminarias around multiple businesses and at St. Peter’s Health.