“Lighting up Lives”
By Demi Knight
Christmas lights glow big and bright at one house every year here in lethbridge.
Every Christmas the groves family creates a lights display at their home where they sync up the lights to 29 minutes of Christmas music. lighting up the street and emenating that warm christmas spirit. The effort put forward by this family however became much more than just decorations many years ago.
After their son Caleb who is afflicted with autism became fascinated with the lights the family decided to create a bigger ‘display’ and open it up to the public. They did this in hopes of raising both awareness and donations for the autism society, while aiming to bring a little light into the lives of those who suffer.
“Our son Caleb has autism and he’s fascinated with the Christmas lights there’s just something about flashing Christmas lights that really tweaks with children with autism so we thought it would be a great cause.” Scott Groves, operator of the lights display said.
This is the 6th year that the lights display has been held, with new lights and music being added each time.
Fellow owner of home and mother to Caleb, Nancy Groves thinks the lights have been a good source of escape for children with autism, saying there’s been numerous people reach out and tell her about the positive effects their display has had.
Nancy feels a sense of relief in knowing that something so small can help in such a big way, not only for her own family but for many around the city.
“To have people come to me and say we’re actually making a differnce in someone’s life, well thats all I hope to do and I’m beyond thankful for having the opportunity to do that.”
Many cars drive by and tune in to 106.1 to watch the lights as they dance to the music throughout the chilling nights of december, spreading awareness and donations for a great cause in the process.
Thanks to this lights display the groves family have been able to raise and donate over $6,000 for the autism society