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D-M airman lights up neighborhood with tunes

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Christmas lights bring out not only the kid in plenty of us; they bring out plenty of kids. 

"I like the lights. they're really cool," said five year-old Eli Irwin as she stood outside U.S. Air Force Lt. Josh Palochak's house and looked at the thousands of lights that he had set up. 

"The windows are rolled down and the kids are in the back seat, going crazy about the lights and so, that's what makes it great and it's not just the kids, the parents do it, too," Lt. Palochak laughed.

 So, what better way to collect toys for other children this season?  Lt. Palochak is on his third year doing this.  He said that he starts in February by choosing music and synchronizing 50-thousand lights to the tunes.

 "This is for Toys for Tots and these kids might not otherwise have any toys for Christmas. so that's always worth it," Lt. Palochak said. 

Marines who collect Toys for Tots paid Lt. Palochak a visit earlier Saturday.  He said that he already received about 100 toys this season, and rounded up about 500 last year.

"I think what he's doing is a fantastic thing, it helps get more toys out to the community to kids who truly need them," said USMC Sgt. Michael Clingerman.

 Lt. Palochak's tradition of putting on this light show aims to also become a tradition for others who come to see them.

 "This is just one way of adding on to the other people's family traditions and just saying, 'Hey, while you're doing it, come bring a toy by and I'll bring it to toys for tots for you,'" Lt. Palochak said.

 "I like the sparkly ones that go over the things where the cars come up," Irwin said. 

You can find Lt. Palochak's house through his Facebook page, Arizona Christmas Light Show.  He said that people can either drop off toys at his home or do so at any participating Toys for Tots location.  His goal is to get more people to donate.

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