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Miracle of 14th Street; Fun for a good cause

Story and photos from the KEIZER TIMES KEIZER, Ore. — One neighborhood in this town near Salem, Ore. not only raises lights for Christmas, but celebrates the time of year with great fanfare. Coming together in the spirit of raising money and collecting food for the Marion-Polk Food Share, the Gubser neighborhood draws attention to itself throughout the region. Organizers call the event the “Miracle of 14th Street.” Cars roam the neighborhood at the start of December and throughout the month, traversing a 3.5-mile route that can take several hours to enjoy on busy weekends. It’s expected that nearly 20,000 vehicles pass through the neighborhood. Sno Cop barricades are placed along the way to lead drivers through the neighborhood. There’s no admission fee, but the event is a fundraiser for hungry families in the mid-Willamette Valley and donations are always welcome. In 2013, volunteers raised $21,877 and collected 24,899 pounds of food. Visitors to the neighborhood can take photographs in front of displays. There are locations for those choosing to walk the route to park their vehicles at the local middle school or elementary school.

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Santa and a snowman pop out of an igloo to greet visitors to the Gubser neighborhood in Keizer, Ore.

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One of many family homes is lit up for the Gubser neighbor-hood’s annual “Miracle of 14th Street” lighted tour in Keizer, Ore.

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The family of this home uses all manner of Christmas lighting and displays to wow those touring the Gubser neighborhood each year.

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Caroling snowmen, nativity scenes and decorative lighting displays make for a festive environment each year during an annual fundraising event in Keizer, Ore.

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Thousands of lights on homes like this one draw visitors from throughout the Willamette Valley.

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