“The goal of these lights is for everyone to get creative and use them for a fun or simple Christmas display at their home!” said Breanne Parker. To encourage more residents to engage in the festivities, the leaders of Helix came together to announce that the winner would receive $25.00 off of their water bill, as well as two Helix Booster Club Crab Feed tickets for Thursday, the 22nd of February, 2018. The big event came around on Thursday, December 14, 2017 and it was announced joyfully that the Mize family won the lighting competition for their creativity with the lights provided and were awarded with prizes.
Each home wanting to participate was given four strings of Christmas lights to decorate the outside of their home however they saw fit using their Christmas spirit and a dash of creativity. Rules were that any home participating would be judged only on the lights they were given at the Helix Community Hall to make the competition fair for all who were involved. Homes were required to have the Christmas lights turned on between the times of 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on December 14th when members of the community were to go around and judge who would be this year’s winner.
“Following the voting at the Community Hall,” stated Breanne Parker, “Community members brought snacks, cookies, or any treats to City Hall for the night. At 7:00 p.m. everyone was welcomed to meet up at the Helix City Hall/ Library for hot cocoa, apple cider, treats and to vote for your favorite.”
The community was also given an opportunity to allow Helix High School Seniors the chance to gain community service hours for graduation by helping to set up Christmas lights in the community for those who needed help in the competition. “For those that needed help or were unable to hang their own, there was an awesome group of Helix Students that were willing to volunteer!” Breanne Parker said. “This is simply a way to have fun together, socialize, and enjoy our community during the holidays.” Students of Helix High School could get involved by working and sharing the Christmas spirit with the elderly in the community.
The project was very successful with an outcome of 26 houses that had collectively come together to participate in the “Light Up Our Community.”
Around 40 people showed up to the library located in the Helix City Hall to vote for the winner. Community leaders are looking forward to the possibility of continuing this event for the years to come!