Bundled up in a coats on a cold rainy day, volunteers stood in front of the Wal-Mart selling Christmas luminaria kits Saturday to help the community raise $140,000 for the purchase of the former Pittsburgh Cut Flower property in Richland Township.
The Orchard Park Neighborhood Association volunteers will be in that spot one more day—from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday—to offer the kits to shoppers at the Route 8 store in Gibsonia.
OPNA organized the fundraiser after the nonprofit Allegheny Land Trust challenged the community to raise 10 percent of the $1.4 million needed to purchase the 180-acre tract on Bakerstown Road.
Allegheny Land Trust has a contract to buy the property and plans to turn it into a solar wind farm and green space.
Luminarias—candles in white bags—often line sidewalks and walkways as Christmas decorations.
All of the proceeds will go to Allegheny Land Trust because the cost of the kits is underwritten by several local businesses: Pasquinelli Erie Insurance Agency, Bakerstown Feed and Garden Center and Krebs Chrysler Jeep Dodge.
The luminary kits are available in two sizes:
- $10 for eight 15-hour candles and eight white paper bags,
- $20 for 20 candles and bags.