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‘The kids love it’

Couple’s light display will benefit nonprofit

POSTED: December 19, 2012 4:00 a.m.
Michele Hester Dawson Community News/

It took more than 12,000 lights and nearly a mile of extension cords to light up Justin and Ashley Hunt’s home on Aplomado Lane in Red Hawk Ridge subdivision. Donations from the light show go to K.A.R.E. for Kids.

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Ashley Hunt and husband Justin love Christmas.

"It's Christmas at our house all year long," she said.

The Hunts begin decorating for the holidays as early as February each year.

"The decorations come down Jan. 1, and we take about a month off, but then we're at it again," said Justin Hunt, a self-described gadget geek who uses his high-tech savvy to put smiles on children's faces with the light display.

Now in its second year, the Hunts are welcoming the community to share in the Christmas spirit by offering a drive-up Christmas light spectacular set to popular holiday tunes at their home in Red Hawk Ridge, off Burt Creek Road.

A rooftop FM radio frequency antenna allows visitors to enjoy the show from their vehicles.

"As soon as you enter the neighborhood, you should be able to hear it and it gets clearer as you approach the house," he said.

With the words "Ho, Ho, Ho" in red illuminating the roof, rows of knee-high tall candy canes and a small forest of brightly colored Christmas trees on the front lawn, the animated show begins with sounds of the season.

"And the kids love it," Ashley Hunt said. "They get out and dance. It's fabulous to watch them."

In all, A Red Hawk Christmas features 12,000 lights, connected by nearly a mile of extension cords, that dance, twinkle, sparkle and glimmer to the sounds of the holidays.

"Each song takes about 40 hours to program, and we have about 10 songs this year," Justin Hunt said.

Last year, the Hunts had about 20 families visit their home for the show, which has since grown in popularity due to the Internet.

"This year, we've easily had 80 people," Justin Hunt said.

Visitors are also leaving donations that are going to a local organization providing Christmas presents to area children in need.

"This is about bringing smiles to the faces of kids, and that's also what K.A.R.E. for Kids does each year," Justin Hunt said. "It means a lot to be able to help them."

Calvin Byrd, president of K.A.R.E. for Kids, said the generosity of community efforts such as the Hunts' helps make the Christmas program a success year after year.

"We have had so much help from the community this year, and without those contributions and all our volunteers, we would not be able to do what we do for these kids," Byrd said.

The show runs through Dec. 31.


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