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Chandler man’s light show helps nonprofit help others

December 20th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Chandler man’s light show helps nonprofit help others

By SanTan Sun News

As a broadcast engineer, Chandler homeowner James Chalifoux likes tinkering with electrical stuff.

And as someone who likes to give back to his neighbors and community, he has constructed huge Christmas light and sound displays around his home since 2006 with thousands of lights, vintage blow-mold figures and synchronized music.

He dubs his display “Fouxlights.”

“I usually start right after Halloween,” Chalifoux said. “I am always out front, tinkering and adding new stuff.”

He said he spends about 100 hours each season setting up the display and noted that because of his job, “running wires and programming circuits comes second nature to me.”

More than five years ago, Chalifoux got another idea for merging his two passions: He asked people who came by to enjoy his display to bring a nonperishable food item and leave it in the box he puts in his driveway.

He then donates the collected items to AZCEND Chandler, a nonprofit that provides a variety of services to needy families with the mission of “alleviating poverty in our community.”

One thing that helped last year was the publicity he received in the Chandler Arizonan, he said.

“I actually started to cry Sunday morning when I found the box filled with donations. It was a Christmas Miracle,” he said. “I know this year even more families are struggling so I’m hoping for a second Christmas miracle.”

He said last year he collected over 316 pounds and hopes to hit 500 pounds this year.

Chalifoux is a big supporter of Chandler AZCEND, which helps people move from crisis to stability to prosperity with services including food boxes, senior nutrition and activities, rent and utility assistance, homeless services, case management and family programming.

So if you want to enjoy a Christmas light show and help an organization that does a lot for the community, head over to 1075 W. Mulberry Drive, near the intersection of Willis and Alma School roads each night from 5:30–11 p.m.

Donations are accepted until New Year’s Day.