Rotary Lights puts on dairy giveaway

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)– You usually see their work around Christmas time, but Rotary Lights helps people year-round. Rotary Lights led a giveaway of dairy products to the La Crosse community.

Volunteers handed out boxes of dairy products in front of the former Macy’s at Valley View Mall, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., or until supplies ran out. Nearly 2,000 boxes of dairy products were given away during the distribution.

Rotary Lights leaders are calling it the largest dairy giveaway in the history of Western Wisconsin.

“It’s a great joy to give it. That’s why we called it Christmas in July. The 25th of July, and Christmas is the 25th of December, so it ties in kind of nicely. Christmas is always a favorite time of year for everybody I think and this adds to it, by being able to do something and give everybody a present,” said Pat Stephens, president of Rotary Lights.

The boxes include regular, strawberry and chocolate milk, as well as sour cream, cream cheese, and french onion dip.  Stephens said anyone was welcome to drive through and receive a box.