Cave Creek holiday light display helps the hungry

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. -- The turkey has been eaten and now it’s time to put up the Christmas lights. One home in Cave Creek is not only a must-see, but a chance to give back while getting a big dose of holiday cheer.

The home on Dixileta Drive at 67th Street is owned by Todd Rooker, who works on the display for days in order to get the 75,000 lights blinking in time with holiday tunes. The result is a spectacle of Christmas spirit that draws a lot of people.

"Yeah, we get a lot of people out here who park out front," said Ryan Brown, Rooker’s stepson. "They like to watch the display. Couples, you know, people come with their kids."

With all the traffic drawn to the light show, the family thought it would be a good idea to fill people with more than just holiday happiness. Teaming up with the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center in Cave Creek, they’re helping fill tummies with a donation box in front of the lighted house.

"There are a lot of people who are less fortunate," Brown said. "We want them to have a great Christmas as well."

The display comes on every day at 6 p.m. On weekdays, the lights stay on until 9 p.m. and on weekends until 10 p.m.