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By Allison Bybee email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

MARTIN COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - They are fixtures outside this time of year: Christmas lights. Homes light up the night sky. Some with big, huge, bright displays. This year some families are using their lights as a way to give back.

Twenty thousand lights flickering, flashing and dancing to music. It's a show put on by the Kaufmann family each year. A show with something new this year besides the reindeer. Ten-year-old Ellis Kaufman says, "Put money in and take pictures."

Ellis set-up a box to raise money for the local Boys and Girls Club to give money and bikes, "Because they need money for bikes and stuff for people who don't have anything."

He's not the only little boy with a motive behind the music. Six year-old Chris Ruocco is collecting food for "Jesus House of Hope" in Martin County, "To help the poor people."

His dad heard of the idea from a man in Texas. Chris Ruocco Sr. says, "My son said, 'Oh Daddy, that sounds like a great idea. We should collect food for the poor people.'" So, I took it and ran with it."

And ran with it he did. In a time when many are cutting back, the Ruocco's are adding more lights, timed perfectly.

For these families, it may cost them a few more dollars each month to put on the lights, but it's worth it. Ruocco Sr. says, "We're not rich by any means, but times are tough these time, and we are just trying to do our part."

Doing they're part to spread holiday joy and light up everyone's face.

The families encourage anyone who drives by to drop money off or bring food. Both homes light up each night at dusk and stay on until around 10:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Ruocco Home: 4304 Cocoplum Place, Stuart.

Kaufmann Home: 505 SE Fallon Drive, Port St. Lucie

Don't forget Santa will stop by the Kaufmann home the next three Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.

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