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Leave your holiday lights up longer to support Colorado health care workers

Coloradans urged to leave lights on until Jan. 31
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Posted at 6:14 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 21:02:26-05

You may notice homes and businesses with their holiday lights still glowing through the end of January. This year, a national campaign is encouraging people to "keep the lights up for health care heroes."

"We’re asking our colleagues here and the community to keep their Christmas lights up as a show of support for the work we’re doing in the hospital," said Jacalyn DeHarte, a registered nurse and director of cardiovascular services at the Medical Center of Aurora.

HealthONE is asking residents, businesses and community partners to leave their holiday light displays up until Jan. 31, and share photos on social media accounts with the hashtag #LightsUp4Heroes.

City of Aurora spokesperson Abraham Morales said the city will support the cause by leaving the lights on at the Aurora Municipal Campus through the end of January. In Denver, the lights on the City and County building were already set to stay up until Jan. 24 following the tradition of leaving lights on through the end of the National Western Stock Show.

DeHarte added that in addition to leaving lights up, Coloradans can support health workers by wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

"We’re not out of the woods yet, but we definitely feel the hope and see the light at the end of the tunnel," said DeHarte.