December 6, 2021 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

Short hopes to light up St. Joseph

Audrey Short wants to light up St. Joseph for Christmas.


Short is urging the community to take part in a Christmas Light Parade on Dec. 19.


Short and her friend Tessa Smith participated in the Sidney Light Parade and thought it was something that could easily happen in St. Joseph.


Short decided to take it one step farther and ask participants to make a donation to the Edwards Family as an entry fee. Nadirah Edwards was a St. Joseph-Ogden senior that died from injuries sustained in a car accident last week.


Short is asking participants to make a $5 donation which will then be given to the Edwards family.


“I had the idea to honor the Edwards family because of what the community had done for me and my family when we went through a rough time,” Short said. “The community had come together to raise money for us it it was so heartwarming knowing that there were so many people who cared for us.”


Details are still being organized but Short is planning on the parade following the normal St. Joseph Community Parade Route, starting at the Middle School and going up Main. Short said she is considering running the parade down Grand Avenue as well.


Participating is easy, Short said.


“For the people who want to participate they need to show up with a decorated vehicle of some sort,” she said “Any type of Christmas themed lights, Santa’s, snowmen—it’s all up to the people.”

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