Jared Trujillo and his family are doing their part to make the holiday season a little brighter for New Mexicans. Their magnificent Christmas light display at 8508 Waterford Place NE brings a lot of attention every year. And, best of all, they’re using this attention to help the Storehouse get holiday donations.

The Trujillos' home lit up at night.
The Trujillo home is loaded with lots of lights, and good wishes for the Storehouse, too.

How They Started

For the past several years, the Trujillo family has gone “all out” with Christmas lights in their front yard. It started with a contest online by KOAT, a local news station. Now they grow their display little-by-little every year, even placing decorations in their backyard for drivers to see.  

Reindeer, candy canes, fishing penguins, and several Santa figures are just a few of the decorations that adorn the Trujillos’ front yard. Jared estimates there are 20,000 lights on their roof alone.

Last year, the Trujillos and donors gathered 1,400 pounds of food for the Storehouse. Now, they want to beat that with more holiday donations. Their goal is to donate 2,000 pounds of food to the Storehouse and to raise $1,000!

Jared sets up lights in front of his house. The Trujillos will have a spot for holiday food donations nearby in the driveway.

Their 2020 Christmas decorations went viral around the world, being seen online from as far away as Malaysia. When that happened, the Trujillo family saw an opportunity to do some good for the community. “[We wanted to] capitalize on it–get people to come by and check the house out for a good reason,” said Jared. Jared mentioned that he has always respected the Storehouse as an organization.

The family also started a haunted house four years ago, and three years ago he wanted to do a food drive. This year, the haunted house brought in 400 pounds of food for the Storehouse!  

How You Can Help–Bring Your Holiday Donations!

If you want to help the Trujillo family meet their goal, it’s easy to do. Just visit their home at 8508 Waterford Place NE, and you’ll see a space to drop off donations. Any nonperishable food that can keep for some time outside can be donated. Once Jared fills up his truck, he brings it to the Storehouse.

Inflatable Christmas animals in the front yard.

If you have children, they can also write a letter to Santa. They also have posted a flyer with a QR code in their front yard to scan and donate money online.

If you don’t have time to visit their home, but still want to support their efforts, you can also donate now by visiting the Trujillos’ donation page. $1 equals 5 meals for the Storehouse!

The Trujillo family create this whole holiday wonderland to help others. Do you or someone you know need food? Get info here.