'Tis the season to give back

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Residents across the Twin Cities are getting into the holiday spirit by giving back to their communities.

Homeowners are using their Christmas decorations to collect donations and raise money for charity with their extravagant Christmas decorations, according to the Star Tribune.

The Rozell family of Hopkins encourage people over to their home by dressing up as Santa and Mrs. Claus, according to the Star Tribune. Their candy cane wonderland includes candy cane blow molds and more than 20,000 red-and-white colored lights, according to the Star Tribune.

Sometimes sacrifices must be made in order for the displays to be complete, even if it means the Rozel's have to skip Thanksgiving sometimes, according to the Star Tribune.

Other locals are also getting into the spirit.

Nancy Odell of Burnsville uses her display to collect goods for the Pantry's Holidays Without Hunger campaign, after she was inspired by other families doing the same thing, according to the Star Tribune.

"It's a great way to help the community," she said in an interview with the Star Tribune.

The Schwiesow family in Lakeville has a display with more than 10,000 lights and they have been collecting donations since 2008, according to the Star Tribune. They have raised $2,095 in cash donations and received 1,112 pounds of food, according to the Star Tribune.

The donations go to an organization called 360, which serves the southern suburbs, according to the Star Tribune.

A list of local holiday light displays can be found on the Star Tribune website.

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