HICKORY, N.C. -- Their Christmas lights were ruined, damaged by water. But because of the generosity of strangers, the Exodus Homes will still hold their annual Festival of Lights on December 7 in Hickory.
In October we told you about the agency that lost thousands of Christmas lights because of a leaky roof in their Christmas storage closet. Exodus Homes helps recovering alcoholics and drug users.
Director Susan Smith put out a call for help. The agency needed everything, from lights to trees to wreaths.
"As soon as the story appeared on Channel 36... people began calling, showing up with bags, truckloads of ornaments, trees and blow ups, " Smith said.
Tywone McGeachy is helping coordinate the decorations.
"I didn't know it was in me. It just happened," McGeachy said. He spent days putting up thousands of lights, several blow ups and trees.
Now the Exodus Homes Festival is back on and open to the public. Organizers say there will be free food donated by area restaurants. They expect this festival to be the largest, most successful one yet.
"So many people are struggling. We want to celebrate more than ever. The recession didn't steal Christmas from Exodus House," said Smith.