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Volunteers Put Finishing Touches on Kiwanis Holiday Lights

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The Kiwanis Holiday Lights display is taking shape.

Workers and volunteers are busy setting up the display tonight, and gave a sneak peek to donors and the media.

In its first year, the display will feature more than a million lights, and displays, some set to music that will be transmitted to car radios, an individual trees decorated by area non–profits.

The display is sponsored by CHS and the Mankato Area Foundation, and will raise money through cash donations for those non–profits that take part, as well as food donations for the E.C.H.O. food shelf.

Jolinda Grabianowski of the Downtown Kiwanis Club says, "The money that we raise will be given back to the community to the different non–profit organizations that are helping us, as well as to the Downtown Kiwanis Club."

And along with the charities, the group aims to create a city–wide sense of togetherness.

Grabianowski says, "We're hoping that families are going to get into the Christmas spirit and giving sprit and how we're doing this as a community event to improve the community and bring families together."

The display still has a lot of work to be done, and they're looking for volunteers.

You can stop by Sibley Park from eight to five on Saturday and Sunday to help out.

The opening ceremony will be held at six o'clock November 23rd.