The Lehigh Valley is Lighting Up the Night in Times of Darkness

Written by on April 3, 2020

The Lehigh Valley is Lighting Up the Night in Times of Darkness

By Tracy Yatsko

April 3, 2020

Light up the night for healthcare workers was started as a last-minute Facebook event, requesting the community turn on their porch lights or bring out their Christmas lights for national doctors day. It has now sparked a potential movement across the Lehigh Valley. 

Lehigh University Professor Kimberley Carrell-Smith wants those battling on the front lines in healthcare to know that the community stands behind them, through isolation, even if it means simply turning on their lights.

“As I hear those stories on the radio about people who, for example, can’t be there, chokes me up to think about it, can’t be there with loved ones who are dying or someone who is so seriously ill, you don’t know if they’re going to make it. Those healthcare workers are the people there. There’s a personal connection there, the life and the light for those folks,” said Carrell-Smith

Mary Wright of Bethlehem says showing visible means in any way to support healthcare workers who are fighting an invisible battle is needed in times like these.

“Putting a light out on your porch may not feel like much but I think any light against the darkness is important.”

Lighting up the night is spreading across the Valley. Lehigh County is asking residents to turn on their porch lights or bring out their favorite Christmas lights this Friday and Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.. 


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