“What are you doing?” an onlooker we pass on the sidewalk asked.

“We’re bringing the light of community into the dark of winter,” a volunteer leader replied.

As we walked, I overheard neighbors discussing nearby locations such as Garfield High School and Rainier Vista.

“This area was like a war zone forever; now everything’s like brand spankin new,” one long-term neighbor explained to a newcomer.

“I had no idea so many houses were back here!”a visiting senior-aged man exclaimed.

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