A CHARITABLE CHRISTMAS TRADITION

2. December 2010, 16:56 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

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During the Christmas season many people put up lights and decorations. Some in celebration, joyful festivity or just for fun. Others work towards this charity or that, usually one that has meaning for them. One man manages to combine the two. That man is Alek Komarnitsky from Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.

Alek has two sons, Dirk and Kyle, who suffer from Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder (much like diabetes) which manifests as a systemic intolerance for gluten, a substance found in many common foods (most notably those with grains such as wheat, barley, oats, etc).

Not surprisingly, Alek has been a force in raising donations for the University of Maryland Centre for Celiac Research. Since 2004, he has also become well known for his innovative approach to raising money, while entertaining thousands of internet users (and many offline visitors) with his remote controllable Christmas light displays.

Through a lot of work and dedication, visitors to his website can control over 20,000 Christmas lights and displays - turning them on and off, and inflating and deflating several decorative characters via three live webcams and X10 technology. The website is totally free (and fun) and is one of Alek’s ways of raising awareness and soliciting donations for Celiac Disease. To date, Alek has raised over $50,000 for Celiac research.

For those with environmental concerns over such a large light display, most are LED lights. Additionally, for the seventh year in a row, Alek is using Wind Power and doing a Carbon Offset contribution for the 0.6 tons of CO2 for the megawatt-hour of power consumed (about the same as one cross-country airline trip).

You can visit this year’s webcam display access HERE. You can see last year’s display HERE. While you’re there consider donating to this worthy cause.

This is truly a labour of love - and after all, isn’t that part of what Christmas is all about?

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Keywords: Alex Komarnitsky,Christmas,lights,komar.org,celiac disease

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