Holiday Light Map, 12 Days of Christmas, Operation Secret Santa returns this year

A home in Quail Ridge went all out with its Christmas lights display. -Gila Valley Central Photo

THATCHER — Three holiday traditions are back, courtesy of Double R Communications.

In partnership with Graham County Electrical Co-op, Country Financial and LifeNet Arizona, Double R Communications announced homeowners can sign-up now to take part in the Gila Valley 2021 Holiday Light Map.

Decorated homes will be on the map for download at and the top 20displays will each be awarded a $100 Visa gift card.

Starting Dec. 1 will be the 12 Days of Christmas give aways on the Kat Kountry Facebook page. Each day, a prize from a local business will be given away to a person who likes the page, comments and shares the post.

“We started this next deal that we’re going to talk about, we started it last year, and I was blown away . . . blown away,” said Double R Communications owner Reed Richins. “We did Breakfast with Santa for years and years — I’m talking 20 years — and last year, obviously, we couldn’t do it because of COVID. And so we started this with our friends over at Mann Mortgage, because they were a big sponsor of Breakfast with Santa. And we thought let’s do Operation Secret Santa, where we get local businesses to help out local families. And it was amazing; I can’t even explain how amazing it was. And we have some of these same businesses back with us this year, to help out local families.”

Participating businesses include:

Mann Mortgage — $1,000 Visa gift card

Horne Freedom Ford — $500 Service Department credit and a $500 gas card

Advanced Air — New heating unit

Carter’s Custom Cuts — Half a hog

Valley Furniture — Two freezers (one each to two families) 

Thriftee — $250 groceries

Tyson Richins – $250 groceries

Haralson’s — A set of tires

Maverick Motorsports — $250 gift card

Trek RV — $250 gift card

Country Financial — $400 toward utilities payment

With more to be added

Nominations for families in need will begin Dec. 1 at