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No holiday light displays at Chesapeake, money to help disadvantaged children this Christmas

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OKLAHOMA CITY - If you’re a curious driver, you might have noticed there are no Christmas lights up at Chesapeake Energy’s headquarters near N.W. 63rd and Western.

That’s because Chesapeake is hoping to light up Christmas a different way. They're partnering with the Thunder to refocus the holidays on programs that impact Oklahoma City.

The trees surrounding Chesapeake's headquarters are bare - no twinkling lights - a tradition many visitors look forward to every holiday season.

Instead of investing money into the memorable light display, Chesapeake is focusing on something greater.

"We're proud to partner with the Thunder and the Salvation Army in supporting the Angel Tree Program," said Gordon Pennoyer, Director of Strategic Communications.

They're building partnerships to provide holiday gifts to disadvantaged children in the community.

"We have an increase of probably 10-15 percent of individuals coming to the Salvation Army seeking holiday assistance, so it could not happen at a better time," said Major Carlyle Gargis, with the Salvation Army Central Area Command.

They're promising thousands of families will have Christmas toys for the kids and a food box for their holiday meal.

"When we do that, we go into it totally on faith, so this was an answer to prayer," said Gargis.

To make sure families have food for the holiday season, Chesapeake is also working with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma by matching donations to the organization during the upcoming months.

"We're providing food to families that may not have a holiday meal for Thanksgiving and Christmas, otherwise," said Executive Director Rodney W. Bivens with Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Chesapeake is hoping other Oklahomans will understand why there will be no lights at their location this year.

"I think people could join the cause and light up more lives," said Bivens.

"We hope everyone in Oklahoma joins us in giving back because that's what we're trying to do," said Pennoyer.

Don’t worry, there will be plenty of other opportunities to see Christmas lights.

In Automobile Alley, crews started working on their light display early October; some buildings are already lit up.