High Desert Church (HDC) in Victorville invites the community to kick off the Christmas season with a fun event for the entire family. Light the Night will be held Friday, November 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Victorville campus site at 14545 Hook Blvd.

“We will be celebrating with free crafts, live music, and local food vendors. During the event, we will host a Book Fair, in partnership with the Victor Elementary School District, so we can begin to provide for early readers in our community who need books in their own homes,” said Meaningful Roles Pastor, Tim Kuhl.

Thirty-four percent of children entering kindergarten lack the basic skills needed to learn how to read. By the time students enter fourth grade, 64 percent read at a “below proficient” level. The problem? Two-thirds of children living in poverty in the U.S. have no books at home.

“HDC has developed a partnership with the local schools over the past two years,” said Kuhl. “When we asked the district what they needed, the response was ‘to get books in the hands of at-risk kids—the early readers from K-2.’”

The event is free. Food will be available for purchase from local vendors: In-N-Out Burger, Kona Ice, and, Tacos Al 100%.

Families are invited to participate in a variety of activities coordinated by Julie McMican, Early Childhood Director, Debbie Ackermann, Elementary Director, and a host of volunteers and staff members. There will be a painting activity with supplies donated by Home Depot. Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary will be on sight with an animal experience. My Gym High Desert will be doing a presentation for families. Kristine Manahl of Deliciously Yours Bakery will host cupcake decorating. Other activities include a slime lab, snowball toss, making an Advent chain, Christmas story time, and more.

A tree lighting program with live music will take place outside with the local Fire and Sheriff Departments at 7 p.m.

“It would be really cool if we see some of our families from the community and local neighborhoods come out for this event,” said McMican.

Collection of books for early readers, grades K-2 will begin at Light the Night in the Scholastics bookstore located in the chapel where books and gift cards can be purchased and donated. The Scholastics bookstore will continue to be open prior to and after the weekend services of December 1st and 2nd.  Additional book collections will be accepted through December 16th in the Powell Auditorium at the designated bookshelves.

Book orders can also be made online through the Scholastic Parent Store or on Amazon. Books may also be shipped to HDC at 14545 Hook Blvd. 92394, or bring them before or on the weekend services of December 16th.

“It is our goal to get a book into the hands of all 5,276 K-2nd graders in the Victor Elementary School District,” said McMican.

For more information on Light the Night or how to order books see