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Colorado Springs man creates light display, pairs with food drive

Cans for Christmas

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs man is putting a unique twist on his Christmas light display outside his home: In exchange for seeing the lights, he asks for a canned food donation in return.

Thousands of lights and 150 hours go into creating Mark Ingles' light show.

"It's mostly LED mostly fluorescent on this house," Ingles said.

Ingles is a retired Air Force chaplain whose passion for decorating started at an early age.

"I'd always decorate. Even when I was stationed in Korea, I decorated our dorm," he said.

Now he's using his decorations to do even more by pairing up with Care and Share Food Bank of southern Colorado.

"I thought, you know, I want to give even more back to the community, and I knew Care and Share does some great work," he said.

Last year they collected over 3,000 pounds of canned food. This year they're trying to double that goal.

"We're taking nonperishable food items. We'd love for folks to bring a box of cereal, can of tuna, maybe a jar of peanut butter are all great things," said Shannon Brice, chief development officer for Care and Share Food Bank.

Brice said the need for donations during the holidays is high.

"We still have 30,000 some people in need of food," she said.

Ingles hopes the "Cans for Christmas" food drive will convince people to donate.

"That's what it's all about, caring for the people of our world, of Colorado Springs. Their happiness brings me a lot of smiles," Ingles said.

The house is located at 4910 Nugent Drive in Colorado Springs near Powers and Barnes roads.

Lights and music run daily from 5 to 10:15 p.m.


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