Holiday Event Shines Light on Hunger in Oklahoma

Downs Family Christmas Spreads Joy This Holiday Season

(Norman, Okla.) – Nov. 28, 2017 – Visit the Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry in Norman, Okla. to see more than 13 miles of lights dance to your favorite holiday music. The 11th annual light show is free, but homeowners Kimberli and Chuck Downs encourage visitors to spread holiday cheer by donating money and/ or nonperishable food donations to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  

Since 2008, the Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry in Norman has raised enough food and funds to provide more than 1.7 million meals for hungry Oklahomans.  Most needed items include: canned meats, vegetables and fruits, rice, beans and peanut butter. Through Jan. 15, donations made to the Regional Food Bank will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $600,000. Through this matching challenge, every dollar donated will provide 10 meals to children, seniors and families with inconsistent access to healthy food. Once the match is met, every $1 donated will provide five meals. This match is made possible thanks to, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

The light show runs 6 p.m. through midnight through Jan. 1. The house is located at 2900 72nd Ave S.E. in Norman. For more information about the Downs Family Christmas visit

“We are so appreciative to the Downs family and this wonderful tradition they’ve started that not only brings joy to thousands of visitors, but also helps our fellow Oklahomans who are living with hunger,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.

Hunger never takes a holiday. To make a tax-deductible donation visit or call 405-600-3136.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit; find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at