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Mullinax Ford's Making Spirits Bright: UCP sponsored by Christmas Nights of Lights

(IMG: WPMI) Mullinax Ford's Making Spirits Bright: UCP sponsored by Christmas Nights of Lights

There's a company in town whose business it is to light up our children's eyes this holiday season.

The king family, and their Christmas Nights of Lights have once again created a winter wonderland at Hank Aaron Stadium.

The kings haven't forgotten little ones who have trouble shining their own light, due to physical and mental challenges.

Our darwin singleton has our story of the family that works to "make everyone's spirit bright!"

It's Mobile's newest family holiday tradition... a tradition, because the Richie family makes us feel right at home.

"We've been here 5 years, so, Mobile feels like our second home."

Tracie King and her husband, Richie, bright their Christmas Nights of Lights display to The Hank 5 years ago, and children of all ages have bathed in the holiday sparkle.

"It's a small family. We design everything and put it on, and it's fun for the community to come out and experience it, but I think it's also important that we are part of the community." said Tracie.

And here's something else that children enjoy. A playground! This one is at United Cerebral Palsy for the kids who go to class here. It has a little bit to be desired,as you can see. But that's about to change!

"That one is just a... We built that one in 1998, and it was state of the art, but you can't get wheelchairs in there. We have trees that have contributed roots, acorns, and everything else. You've got 2 and 3-year-olds ,and they like to put acorns in their nose and ears and it doesn't make any difference if they have a disability or not, it's just part of it." said Glenn Harger.

UCP Director Glenn Harger says the new playground for the kids here has to be planned with their needs in mind... when you have a physical challenge, even playing can be... well, a challenge. But this is a place where challenges are met, where children find that extra somethign inside themselves to make tomorrow better.

"The new playground will have some cover for shade, and you'll be able to take a wheel chair or a wagon anywhere on it. And we'll also make that available for any other agencies in the community where they can bring their group of kids here at certain times."

But a playground like this isn't cheap. Thank goodness there are people like The Kings who are set to make yet another generous donation to UCP all in an effort to make their spirits bright all year long.

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