(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Jan. 15, 2019 - In 10 years, the annual Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry in Norman has raised enough food and funds for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide more than 2 million meals for Oklahomans living with hunger.
This year, the annual holiday lights show raised $29,168 and 8,138 pounds of food, which will provide 240,125 meals for chronically hungry children, seniors living on limited incomes and hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. The holiday lights show runs from Thanksgiving evening through Jan. 2 every year. There is no charge to view the light show but visitors are encouraged to make a monetary or food donation that benefits the Regional Food Bank.
"We are so grateful for the past decade of support from the Downs Family," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. "Thanks to their support, and support from the community, thousands of meals will be provided to families who are struggling to put food on the table during the cold, winter months."
The display is synchronized to a variety of holiday songs and uses 18 miles of light strands and more than 280,000 lights. Learn more about the Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry at downsfamilychristmas.com.
One in six Oklahomans are food insecure. Donations such as those from the Downs Family go to help Oklahomans like Billie, who relies on the Community Market of Pottawatomie County to make sure her family is fed.
"If this place didn't exist, I don't know what I would do." she said. "I hate to even think about it because it would be really hard. This place is really important."
Join the battle against hunger in Oklahoma. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit rfbo.org or call 405-972-1111.