Christmas Light Competition for HANK’s Kids

It’s time to gear up for the annual Pat and Kitty DuBose Memorial Christmas Light Competition for HANK INCs local foster children. The competition is open to the cities of Devine, Natalia and Lytle as well as the surrounding rural areas. However, you MUST submit a photo of your light display if you live outside City limits and tell us a little about it.
Your “entry fee” is simply a donation to HANK INC (helping local foster kids). You can enter for a donation of $1 or $100…it’s totally up to you. All entry money is donated directly to HANK and checks should be made out to them. Medina Electric will donate an additional $50 to HANK’s kids for everyone that enters the contest (up to $1,250), so enter today!!!
A $250 prize gift card is donated by Medina Electric Coop for one of the grand prize winners. Ribbons will also be awarded. Other category winners are recognized in the newspaper, such as “Winter Wonderland Award”, “Most Comical,” “Most Creative,” and “Silent Night” award for the most touching Nativity scene.
But this friendly competition isn’t really about winning….it’s about lighting up our county to light up the lives of children in need. In fact, almost every single year since this competition started, the grand prize winners were so touched by Hank Inc’s doings that the top prize was donated right back to this organization — which is in our opinion–one of the absolute greatest organizations in Medina County.
Don’t have your lights up yet? That’s okay…go ahead and turn in your entry. We do not drive around and judge lights until the weekend before Christmas.
Deadline to enter is December. 14th. Lights will be judged December 17-18th (Friday and Saturday) so make sure you leave the lights on that night from 6:30-11 pm please.
The cause and the memorial
This 5th annual Pat and Kitty Dubose Christmas light challenge is held in honor of the former Devine News publisher/editor whom loved Christmas and loved making it special and wonderful for all around them. They also supported the community’s needs at every turn, and we know they would be so proud to see that their tradition of kindness has helped so many children in our area and brought a needed smile to their faces.
Hank Inc, founded by John and Debbie Southwell of Hondo, makes sure that every foster child in Medina, Uvalde and Real County gets a wonderful Christmas gift and covers the cost of any need that the State doesn’t. They also operate two community foster homes in Devine and Hondo so that children can stay close to home with their siblings during a very trying and scary time in their lives instead of being sent off to far away foster homes all over the State.
How to Enter
Mail in your entry to The Devine News, PO Box 508, Devine, TX 78016. Please make checks with your entry fee donation payable to HANK Inc. Or you can register online at

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