For the third year in a row Mike and Karen Jones are following up on a tradition started by former lakecity resident Ken Berry to raise funds for Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre with their annual Christmas lights display.
“When I heard that Ken was moving away I thought it would be a good thing to carry on,” says Mike, who has been collecting donations for the CDC at Halloween and Christmas time for the past three years, since Berry relocated to the Okanagan.
“Ken did such a good job of it over the years that I will keep the tradition going as long as I can.”
Last year the Jones’ Christmas lights display at 1095 Pigeon Ave. raised almost $1,000 for the CDC and they are hoping the community will give generously to the cause again this year when people are making a tour of the city’s light displays.
There is a little locked box next to his apple tree where donations may be deposited.
Mike started slowly putting up his Christmas display shortly after Halloween, reworking the display this year and adding a couple of new inflatables. Between the front and back yards he estimates there are a couple of thousand lights decorating their property.
Mike and Karen also collect donations for the CDC with their Halloween display which this year produced $160 in donations.