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Family uses lights to collect food for needy

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Roy and Deborah Thompson's farm can been seen from a mile away each December.

The couple, their children and their families decorate the five plus acres with Christmas lights and inflatable decorations.

"We started seven years ago decorating to this magnitude," Roy Thompson said. "We'd always decorated a little but decided then to do more and help collect food."

They collect canned goods and other non-perishable foods at the beginning of their 1 1/4 mile light tour.

In the center of the tour, the Thompsons have the building fronts for an Old West town. It includes a full sized chapel that hosts several weddings during the season.

The Thompsons take more than three months to set up all the lights and it takes about three weeks to take them all down. They estimate 900-1,000 cars travel through their farm each night.

"I don't think I've ever seen a frown in here," Roy noted. "We tell people to leave their troubles out at the road and they'll be there when they leave. We hope they can forget them for a little while when they're here."

The lights will be on display from 6 p.m. til midnight each night through New Year's Eve at 16658 Old River Road North, Statesboro, Georgia 30461

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