Mayor sets up holiday lights for good cause
LEBANON, Ore. - It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas on East Sherman Street in Lebanon.
Paul Aziz, the newly elected mayor of Lebanon, has just finished lighting up his home with thousands of lights and extravagant holiday decorations.
"We've got over 20 snowflakes up on the roof," Aziz said as pointed to each decoration. "Each tree has 3,200 lights on them."
Aziz started working on this display with his friends and family in January.
"This year we have 45,000 lights," Aziz said. "Each year we've gone exponential."
Aziz's display is 40 minutes long and includes 12 holiday songs in-tuned with the lights in his yard.
Aziz choreographs the lights to the music on a computer inside his home.
"You pick every single light," Aziz said. "There's nothing automatic about it at all, everything comes on when you tell it to."
But the motivation behind creating the display came from something much deeper than a hobby of putting up Christmas lights.
"Seeing more and more kids that are hungry and being able to feed them, that's one of the most important things for us," Aziz said.
The Aziz family has used the light show as a way to raise money for the Lebanon Soup Kitchen for the last 3 years.
"Last year, the $1,300 that we raised was enough to run the soup kitchen for one month," said Evelyn Aziz, Paul's wife. "We did not expect to raise that much."
The Aziz's plan to raise double in donations this year.
With 45,000 lights, the Aziz family thinks they have just enough to make that happen.
"We want to give back to the community and this is our way of doing it," Evelyn Aziz said.
The show is free, but the spectators can drop off either cash or canned goods.
The light show kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night and will happen every night until New Year's Eve.
The display is located on 312 E. Sherman Street in Lebanon.