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Guelph man maps out best holiday lights, organizes donations for food bank

Abhi Kantamneni of Guelph has created maps that highlight the best routes in parts of the city to see holiday lights.

Food bank donation bins are in front of some homes on routes

Man maps out holiday lights in Guelph

The National

6 months ago
0:45
A Guelph, Ont., man has mapped out the best holiday lights in the city and is helping the Guelph Food Bank at the same time. 0:45

A Guelph man has plotted out the best light displays in the city as a way of organizing donations for his local food bank

Abhi Kantamneni of Guelph has created maps that highlight the best driving or walking routes in different parts of the city for people to see holiday lights.

Along those routes, he's also co-ordinated with homeowners to set up donation bins for the Guelph Food Bank. The homes marked with buns icons are where people can drop off non-perishable food items.

Kantamneni, a PhD candidate in the department of geography at the University of Guelph, moved to Canada four years ago and has lived in Guelph for three years. He says he enjoys doing something to benefit the community and was partially inspired by a neighbour who has an elaborate holiday display.

He created a map of Halloween decorations in the fall and says people have now dubbed him the Guelph "map guy." 

The maps are available in an open Google document.

Listen to the full interview:

People in Guelph can go for an evening drive this year to see Christmas light displays thanks to Abhi Kantamneni. He's created a google doc that's open to the public highlighting the sparkliest routes in Guelph's west, east and south ends. Along those routes he's also pin pointed homes that are accepting donations of nonperishable food items for the food bank. 6:33

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