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Oswego Holiday Light Show Brings Aid to Needy

Jan 13, 2015 01:46PM ● Published by Steven Jack

The Henry family donated over 100 pounds of food and about $50 in cash to the Kendall County Food Pantry this holiday season.

What started out as an interest in the timed holiday musical light shows taking off in popularity around the country has turned into quite the charitable hobby for one Oswego family. 

Patrick Henry, who lives at 
148 Concord Drive South, has been building his family's Christmas light show for a few years, and this year decided to collect donations to the Kendall County Food Pantry from those that visited the show throughout December. In all, the show raised about 100 pounds of food for the pantry and about $50 cash.

"For the 2014/2015 season I knew I wanted to do a show that collected donations for people in need locally," Henry said. "What better than the local food pantry? I contacted the Kendall County Food Pantry for their approval, and they were more than happy to give it and any assistance I needed."

While the 100 pound food donation will go a long way toward feeding needy families, a $50 cash donation will mean an additional $400 in food will be added to the pantry shelves from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

With the growing popularity of the show, Henry said he's received many questions from people regarding how he sets it up. 

"I plan to offer a free or for a donation classes to help families learn what goes into it, and what is needed to get into producing their own light show," he said. "Classes will include the major elements such as electrical requirements, lights, controllers, software, sequencing, audio with an FM transmitter, extension cords and animal/snow/waterproofing, etc."

Along with adding to next Christmas' show, Henry said he's also planning to produce one for another popular holiday.

"Our plans for next year include a Halloween show, my wife's favorite holiday," he said. "We plan to have three to four singing faces in this show with miscellaneous items for lighting. Logistics are still being worked on, but we will continue to work with the KCFP and collect donations."

To find out more about the Henry family holiday light shows, follow their Facebook page.

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