Light The Heights: How you can help spread holiday cheer to Seminole Heights

Today marks two weeks since a fourth person was tragically murdered in Seminole Heights. As loved ones mourn, the community is coming together to make the area safer while spreading some holiday cheer.

Join 10News all day Tuesday for special coverage on air, on WTSP.com and on our Facebook page as we help light up Seminole Heights this holiday season.

TAMPA, Fla. -- During a time of darkness in southeast Seminole Heights, there are people like Courtney Bumgarnar who are helping make the area much more brighter this holiday season.

Just a few weeks ago, Courtney and others living in Seminole Heights created the 1st annual "Light the Heights" event.

"We have a goal of having every house in our neighborhood lit up to bring a positive light to our neighborhood,” Bumgarnar said.

Boxes will be at all Seminole Heights businesses, where you can drop off the following:

  • Christmas Lights - New & Used
  • Extension Cords
  • Yard Stakes 
  • Projectors
  • Solar Powered Lights & Projectors for Vacant Homes/Lots

“We wanted to set up the donation stations at restaurants so that it will bring foot traffic to restaurants and bars. People can bring some lights and support a good cause but also support local businesses,” she says.

Southern Brewing and Winemaking will kicked off the event Sunday, Nov. 26.

There will also be zones this week where people can hang up their lights knowing there are extra police officers in that area, along with the guardian angels.

“We did the zones so if people come home, I come home from work and it's dark I don't want to be out there by myself,” she says.

Owner of Southern Brewing and Winemaking, Kelly Dempsey says the shootings have impacted her business, with hardly anyone coming at night.

“It's understandable. I think people have really tried hard to get out and support us but it is difficult, it is scary since these things are happening at night,” Dempsey said.

For every light donation at Southern Brewing, customers can enjoy a beer or wine on the house.

Watch: Light the Heights: Local brewery wants to help light up Seminole Heights with Christmas lights

The “lights committee” plans to have everything done by Dec. 10.

Businesses across Seminole Heights will be offering specials all week long, starting on Sunday. It also gives people the opportunity to see some of the amazing light decorations in the area.

“People are a little bit concerned but they still really care about this neighborhood and don't want this person to scare us away and keep us locked in our house,” Bumgarnar said.

There is also a need for volunteers to help people who can’t put up the lights themselves, such as the elderly.

If you have some extra time this upcoming weekend of Dec. 2 and 3 to help, you can sign up here.

Just click join group and let members of “Light the Heights” know you want to volunteer.

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