Vibrant and colorful, or twinkling warm-white….There’s few things more beautiful than hundreds of Christmas lights aglow, or the light in a child’s eyes on Christmas morning.
We are excited to announce a Christmas Light Decorating competition for homes and businesses in Devine, Natalia, Moore/Bigfoot areas this year.
“This competition isn’t about winning, it’s about raising awareness and raising funds for HANK Inc to buy Christmas gifts and provide local community foster homes for local kids. So even if you don’t have the biggest, brightest display– please enter and participate in this Christmas light competition/fundraiser to help us light up our city and light up children’s lives.”
In the true spirit of Christmas, all the money raised in the Christmas Light Competition/fundraiser will benefit one of the best charities in Medina County—HANK, Inc. Every year, HANK Inc. buys gifts for over 200 local foster children in (Medina, Real and Uvalde Counties), and also has a party for them. They also fund two group homes for foster children in Devine and Hondo.
Please turn in your entry forms by Tuesday, December 17. Turn in your entry forms as soon as possible even if your display isn’t complete. Homes won’t be judged until the nights of December 20th-21st.
Please make sure your lights are on Dec 20th-21st in order for the judges to see your display.
Look for an entry form inside, and call The Devine News at 830-665-2211 with any questions. Entry forms and your “entry fee” donation to HANK, Inc. may be mailed to The Devine News at PO Box 508, Devine, TX 78016 (make checks payable to HANK, Inc.).
The yearly event is held in honor of the late Pat and Kitty DuBose, who loved this most wonderful time of the year.
Homes and Businesses inside in Devine, Natalia, Bigfoot, and Moore areas can enter the Christmas Light competition by sending us your name, address, contact info, and a small donation to HANK, Inc. (to buy gifts for local foster children). Any donation, big or small, will be accepted as your entry fee. This Christmas Light Challenge for a great cause.
“You can donate $5 or $500…Anybody who fills out the entry form and sends it in with a donation to HANK will be entered in the Christmas Light competition.”
For every home that enters, Medina Electric is generously donating another $50 to HANK’s kids (up to $1,000)!
Prizes & Awards
There will be several categories awarded and lots of winners, trophies and prizes.
The DJ Carlson Bust and Burn will be sponsoring the 1st place prize of $500. Medina Electric is sponsoring the 2nd place prize, which is a $250 gift card. The Devine Lion’s Club will be sponsoring several more awards including trophies and plaques for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and more.
Let the beautiful Christmas Lights hanging from our homes and trees remind us of the night baby Jesus was born, the light and the life of the world. We will also be awarding the Silent Night Award for one of the beautiful nativity displays in our community among many other Christmas Light Decorating awards.
Everyone is welcome to enter and participate in helping awareness and donating to this great cause. We will visit homes in city limits of Devine and Natalia, and as many others in the surrounding areas of Devine, Natalia, and Moore/Bigfoot as possible. But we are asking you to please submit a picture of your decorations if you live outside city limits as well.
About the memorial…
Pat and Kitty DuBose worked side by side as the editor and publisher of The Devine News for many years. They dedicated their lives to helping others when disaster struck, recognizing citizens for accomplishments and good deeds, reporting on important news, promoting local businesses, as well as our city and schools with a mission to make our community a better place.
Orphaned at birth, Kitty DuBose was always amazed at the huge DuBose family that grew and grew. Both her and Pat loved Christmas, and had large gatherings with family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. From Grandpa’s “Christmas Gardens” with fake snow, a village of colorful houses, and mountains with trains running through them to Grandma’s immaculate Christmas dinners-they truly appreciated the Christmas spirit and made Christmas extra special for everyone around them.
They also enjoyed driving around town to see the colorful lights on a cold December night, drinking hot cocoa and singing Christmas carols.
So help us celebrate the most wonderful time of the year by lighting up Devine for all of the families to see and enjoy, and help us to bring a smile and a light in the eyes of the many Medina County foster children. Let’s make this Christmas extra special!