SOMERSET — After a unhappy, difficult 12 months, Nikki Hill and her husband are spreading some cheer — and serving to charitable causes near their hearts — with the spectacular gentle show at their Patton Avenue residence.
Hill has been placing collectively a light-weight show at her home each Christmas season for the previous six years. It is so elaborate that it takes a few month to place it collectively and two to a few months to program a brand new tune with the lights.
“Christmas has at all times been my favourite time of the 12 months and I’ve at all times liked the lights,” Hill mentioned. “My husband would adorn our condominium with lights exterior the home windows and mentioned as soon as we get our personal home, it might be utterly completed.”
In March, with the tragic and sudden deaths of two Somerset Berkley Regional Excessive Schoo grads Christian Couto and Devyn Crosby, Hill mentioned she knew she needed to do one thing to offer again.
“Christian was like just a little brother to my husband and me” Hill mentioned. “He was courting my husband’s youthful sister they usually had been imagined to to maneuver in with us subsequent 12 months.”
Throughout this Christmas season, the Hills shall be accepting financial donations in a lockbox at their Patton Ave home, and inspiring donations to the Crosby Couto Basketball Fund Go Fund Me page.
The Hills are also giving back by accepting donations and nonperishables for the Veterans Association of Bristol County.
“Our friend Kim Wagner works there and they are always looking for food donations so that was one way we knew we could give back,” Hill said.
Also, one of Hill’s cousins died last year unexpectedly, and they will be collecting donations for a scholarship program set up in her cousin’s name.
Still, Hill’s main goal for the light display is to spread cheer and joy for anyone who watches.
“We are hoping that people will come out and enjoy our lights and get their minds off of everything that is going on in the world for at least a little while,” she said.
Hill says she loves to see all the faces of awe and excitement from the children watching and even the adults as well. “It’s worth every hour, headache, sore muscle, bruise, and tear that goes into setting up the display.”
Hill said the best part of setting up the display is sharing the experience with her 2-year-old daughter. “Every time she sees the lights, it’s like the first time!”
Hill wants to help out the community year in every possible way she can.
“This year with the Crosby Couto Basketball Fund so unexpected, it shows that nobody knows what the future holds,” she said. “If there is anything we can help with next season, we will definitely try and do that.”