Dedicated volunteers Mike and Kay Plott have orchestrated Mike’s Night of Lights at his residence, 7915 Rivertown Road in Fairburn, to run through Christmas night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening.
The light show contributes to the cause of the nonprofit organization, which acts as a resource for underserved children and broken families, through a collection of toys from those who attend the annual display.
“The last time we counted there were more than a quarter of a million lights,” said Platt in a news release. “Of course, we add more displays each year.”
Platt’s resolve to do the festive display at his home each year is part dedication and part tradition.
His grandfather, Reverend Dewey Pearce, and his father did the same things at their homes in years past.
Platt simply wanted to continue his good deed, allowing neighbors and community members to whizz past his house while glancing at candy canes and reindeers.
The lights take more than five weeks to assemble, but according to Platt, the impact far outweighs the level of preparation required.
“We just want to give back to the community,” he said.
Alice Bagley, an employee of the nonprofit organization the display benefits, said the impact is certainly felt on multiple levels.
“The event is important to our ministry for a couple of reasons,” she said. “First, there are many people who come to Mike’s Night of Lights to simply see the holiday display and they have never heard of Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes,” she said.
Bagley said having the event right in the heart of the community allows the organization to reach those they might not ordinarily reach, thus increasing their chances of helping the children and families they act as a resource to.
Additionally, the twinkling Christmas lights are a booster to the employee morale.
“The event also means a lot to our staff and kids,” she said. “Mike and Kay put so much of their own time, money and effort into making this event wonderful each year. It really shows our kids that there are people who care about them and are willing to go the extra mile.”
All attendees to the display are welcome at no charge, but all are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate.
The display will not be held on evenings when it rains.
To learn more about Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, Inc. or to get involved, visit www.gbchfm.org.
Information: (770) 969-8739.