WARNER ROBINS -- Holiday lights were turned on Saturday at Chick-fil-A on Ga. 96 to help raise money to build Habitat for Humanity homes in Houston County.
The occasion marked the beginning of the fourth annual Legacy of Lights display sponsored by Jeff Liszewski’s Custom Homes by Jeff and by Chick-fil-A restaurants on Ga. 96 and Watson Boulevard, owned and operated by Pat Braski.
Chick-fil-A’s Brittney Kish said funds raised this year will push the four-year Legacy of Lights total well over $55,000, the amount it takes for Houston County Habitat for Humanity to build an affordable home for a local, hardworking family unable to obtain conventional housing otherwise.
Kish said Legacy of Lights funds are raised through customer donations at the two Chick-fil-As as well as through donations from corporate and business sponsors.
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She said more than $53,000 had been raised in the past three years and that $15,000 has already been donated this year by business sponsors, pushing the total over the $55,000 mark.
Customer donations through the holidays are expected to raise the total by several thousand dollars.
Jeff Abbott, Houston County Habitat’s executive director, said Legacy of Lights is an example of people and businesses working together to help their neighbors.
“It’s a real treat to see the lights come on and know how much families will enjoy them,” he said. “It’s an exciting time of year for our organization and our partner families. We couldn’t build Habitat homes without fantastic community partners like Chick-fil-A and Custom Homes by Jeff, and we’re grateful to all of our partners for sharing the giving spirit of the Christmas season through the Legacy of Lights.”
The lights were turned on after a brief ceremony led by 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year and former Miss Georgia Amanda Miliner.
Kish said about 10,000 lights are used to create a Christmas tree and animated lights set to music along the Ga. 96 Chick-fil-A drive-thru. She said the light design is done by Braski’s brother, Frank Braski of Columbus.
Donation boxes that look like Christmas houses were made and donated to the restaurants by Sacred Heath Catholic Church’s Cub Scout Pack 122.
Kish said other Legacy of Light partner-sponsors include Southern Lighting, Robins Federal Credit Union, Georgia Military College, Speir Heating and Air, Progressive Self Storage, Turco Roofing Systems and more.
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