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Darboy, WI -- On a cold, December day, Dr. Bob Blue braves brutal wind chills to make sure his house at W2500 Clover Downs Court will illuminate with Christmas magic come nightfall.
"A little boy wanted to know if Santa Claus lived here," says Blue's wife, Ivy.
The Blue's house and front yard are decorated with 60,000 LED Christmas lights synchronized to songs of the season. What started in 2006 as a small, static display for his children eventually exploded into a computerized production.
He's invested $10,000 and a lot of time.
"I spend 10, 12 hours to program the song."
All for one purpose.
"If we didn't raise money for Make-A-Wish, if I didn't know where the money was going, I didn't know it was helping children, I wouldn't even be doing it," explains Dr. Blue.
In the past five years, the Blue's have collected nearly $26,000 in donations from visitors to their holiday light show. The money has helped Make-A-Wish Wisconsin grant wishes to eight local children who are battling diseases like cancer and cystic fibrosis.
"95% of wish parents say that their child's wish helps them feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to fight their life-threatening medical condition," said Kris Teofilo, Make-A-Wish's Northeast Wisconsin Regional Director.
Make-A-Wish relies 100% on donations. The organization is thankful for support from the community and the Blue's through their holiday display.
"What a great way to help spread hope, strength and joy to the hundreds of kids and their families who need it right now," said Teofilo.
It's a holiday tradition that reminds us all of the reason for the season.
"I do a little grumbling every year when it comes time to doing it, but I've got nothing to complain about. What these kids go through is by far greater than any inconvenience it causes me," said Dr. Blue.
Ivy adds, "For us to be able to help so many children, it's heartwarming."
This is the last year for the light show on Clover Downs Court. The Blue's are in the process of selling their house, but they hope to make the display bigger and better once they find their next home.
If you want to check it out, the show runs through New Year's Day.