Grand Junction’s Light Gives Heat pre-screens ‘The Find’ at Avalon Theatre |

Grand Junction’s Light Gives Heat pre-screens ‘The Find’ at Avalon Theatre

Brittany Markert
Morgan Hansow prepares for a scene during production of "The Find," Light Gives Heat's latest project showcasing families helping people in other countries. Jess Schluntz (director) and Wade Yamaguchi (director of photography) help set up the shot.
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WHAT: ‘The Find’ pre-screening

WHEN: Friday, March 13, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., Grand Junction

COST: $7 per person


Light Gives Heat hasn’t left town. The local nonprofit, known for its support of Ugandans in need, simply changed directions. Most recently the group created, an online media platform that shows curated and self-produced shows and films.

After raising more than $100,000 ($35,000 locally), Dave and Morgan Hansow — Grand Junction residents and co-founders of Light Gives Heat — filmed, produced and starred in a new series called “The Find.” The first season of the show highlights a family, The Murrays, who currently live in India. There they help natives live sustainable lives and start small businesses.

According to the Hansows, they traveled to India in November 2014 — along with their two children, Jadyn, 8, and Asher, 10 — to film it.

“We want to tell the stories that deserve an audience,” Dave said. “There are so many people who are changing the world and doing amazing things; we wanted to share their stories.”

To honor locals who supported Light Gives Heat financially during its recent fundraising campaign, the nonprofit will show all six episodes of “The Find” on Friday, March 13, at the Avalon Theatre (645 Main St., Grand Junction). The show starts at 7 p.m., and it will include a Q&A session, giveaways and more. Tickets cost $7 per person.

“You will probably go through the whole emotional spectrum watching this,” Morgan said of the shows. “There is a lot of misconception [regarding] foreign countries. People tend focus on sickness, poverty, and the hardness of life. Yes, there is ugly, as there is here, but there is beauty and we want to point that out and shift people’s perspectives.”

Can’t make the Avalon event? A new episode of “The Find” will be featured at for free each Tuesday until April 7. Episodes are 11-13 minutes each.

Or, for those who can’t wait, the entire season may be purchased for $12.99, which also includes bonus material and blooper reels.


The Hansows founded Light Gives Heat in 2007 as a way to employ more than 100 Ugandans. Those involved in the program began creating paper-bead necklaces (Suubi) and fabric bags (EPOH) as a way to produce income. All Across Africa, a company from California, took over Light Gives Heat’s original product lines Suubi and EPOH. Items will be sold at Costco.

Now the Hansows are planning their next season of “The Find” — possibly in Papua New Guinea, Thailand or Nicaragua.

“We would love to have the show be picked up by a sponsor,” Morgan said. “We would also love to sell the content to Netflix or other platforms.”

Morgan additionally hopes the show will provide a good alternative for family television instead of watching cartoons.

“It’s entertainment for everyone and they can talk about real-life issues,” she explained.

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