MHC ready to throw switch on Christmas lights display

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

The Marshall Habilitation Center will light its Christmas decorations lining campus drives this evening. The lights are funded by community members and families of habilitation center residents.

"We've really rejuvenated the Christmas decorations in the last seven to eight years," said Mary Fangmann, Marshall Habilitation Center superintendent. "But it's been going on a long time."

The staff and residents of the habilitation center decorate and put up thousands of lights around trees and buildings each year to spread holiday cheer.

"People adopt holiday boxes and decorate them as a group (of residents) along with a staff member. They are very creative, they put new things in the boxes every year," added Fangmann.

The trees have been trimmed and the decorations strewn about the campus, all that remains is tonight's traditional Thanksgiving eve lighting ceremony.

The decorations include lighted trees, presents, Santa and his reindeer, Peanuts characters, polar bears, candles and a sleigh full of presents.

There is no charge to view the display and the lights will remain on through the first of January.

"We are so fortunate to have friends and family who donate money for this purpose," Fangmann said. "We welcome the community. We are proud of what we do and the residents like to share what they do. It's like a festive fairy tale."

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