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OXFORD — A countywide challenge to show support for local heroes, while bringing communities together, is entering its final week.
The Little Light Challenge is a project of the Granville Tourism Development Authority, the Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation and the city of Creedmoor, serving as a visible way to thank the many essential workers on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The challenge began April 20 with local residents and businesses displaying lighted luminaries, outdoor candles, porch lights or strings of Christmas lights in honor of first responders and essential workers.
Each Monday at 8 p.m., this tribute continued to be made to doctors, nurses, EMS teams, public health professionals, pharmacists, drug store employees, law enforcement officers, 911 operators, social workers, grocery store employees, truck drivers, farmers, trash collectors, plumbers, electricians, construction crews, government workers, nonprofit organizations, media contacts, assembly workers and others providing need services throughout the county.
At the same time, local radio stations are airing the song “This Little Light of Mine” to bring attention to the work of these local heroes. Listeners have been able to tune into US 98.3 FM and WCBQ 1340 AM for the song dedication and a recorded message.
Monday, May 25 will be the last Little Light Challenge and will include a special twist, with participants invited to sing along to their favorite version of “This Little Light of Mine” and to post videos on social media, including a reference to the project through a hashtag mention of #littlelightchallenge, as well as #VisitGranvilleNC.
Selected videos will be posted to the Visit Granville County NC Facebook page. The deadline to post videos is May 25 at 11:59 p.m., and voting will end on Tuesday, May 26 at 5 p.m.
The top three winners will receive a gift card to a Granville County restaurant or retail store.
“We are grateful to our partners for their support,” said Tourism Director Angela Allen. “The goal was to bring our communities together to show appreciation for our local heroes, doing our best to stay together while staying apart. I believe we are accomplishing that, and more.”
Partners for the “Little Light Challenge” include Granville County Government, the Town of Butner, the City of Oxford, the City of Creedmoor, the Town of Stem and the Town of Stovall, as well as participating radio stations and the residents of Granville County.