Aside from illuminating their front yards with Christmas lights, figurines and holiday music, Tyler Horrocks and Joey Conway have been busy collecting donations for charity during the holidays.
Tyler, the creator of the "Crazy Christmas House" light display at 9 Blue Spruce Dr. in Wood Estates, set out in November to collect $7,500 to benefit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Vistors of the 67,151-lightbulb display came in droves nightly from Nov. 24 to Dec. 29 and were given the opportunity to donate towards the cause. And donate they did. Tyler's final tally was $8,184.14, surpassing his goal by nearly $700.
"I'd like to thank everyone who came out and supported us here at the Crazy Christmas House," said Tyler. "It was an amazing season that brought so much light and happiness to families across Rhode Island. We can't wait to show off our new ideas for next year!"
Joey Conway, the mastermind behind "Conway Christmas Lights Extravaganza", located at 265 Maple Valley Rd., hosted two charitable collections this year at the light display that he builds annually with the help of his younger brother, Matt.
For the third year, he collected donations of non-perishable food items for the Coventry Community Food Bank on four different nights during the holiday season. His final count came to 570 food items.
Visitors of the display also donated $923 for The Tomorrow Fund - a number that Joey hopes to double next year.
"This year is our first year that we have collected donations for this organization, so we are pleased to say, that we are very happy with the amount that we have collected so far," said Joey. "We plan on working with The Tomorrow Fund for years to come!"