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We See You: KC family starts campaign to honor those affected by COVID-19

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Jan 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-03 16:54:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Knowing firsthand the loss that many are feeling, one Kansas City, Missouri, family is urging others to keep their Christmas lights up a little longer to commemorate those who have, or have died from, COVID-19.

“In these rough times, we as a family have found a lot of joy in looking at Christmas lights and use them as a sign of hope,” Morgan Magee said.

One of the last activities Magee’s family was able to do with their grandfather before he died from the virus was take him to see Christmas lights.

“As a family we would also just like, grab our hot chocolate, grab our blankets, listen to Christmas music and go in for a car ride and look at Christmas lights,” Magee said. “So that's kind of how it started, is we wanted to honor those who have lost their lives in this time, and also who've survived COVID as well, with keeping the lights on.”

Their hope is that people will keep their lights up through Feb. 14.

“We just want everyone to be joyful in these times of suffering,” Magee said, “and I think the positive lights are something that Kansas City is known for.. but most importantly we want to commemorate all those who have lost their lives to COVID or from other causes this season and their families too -- and we hope seeing those lights will give them a sign of hope.”

For more information, visit Backpacks_of_Love5 on Instagram or follow the hashtag #KeepTheLightsOnKC on social media.

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