ADAMSTON, Md. — An Adamstown, Maryland, couple who decorated their home with giant Christmas lights are using the attention to their home as a way to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
The Whitehair family suffered some minor vandalism to their exhibit last week, but that hasn’t stopped their efforts.
Kyle and Christy Whitehair’s home at 2620 Inwood Drive in Adamstown has been extensively decorated over the past three or four years as Kyle Whitehair became interested in working with LED light displays.
Whitehair said the exhibit began as a way to honor a tradition started by her late father, Raymond.
“I grew up in Brookville, and my dad and I were always at home doing chores,” Whitehair said. “It was just a regular light at the time, but I started getting interested in pixels about three or four years ago. I started researching how to do it, and slowly but surely I started buying things and setting them up. ”
After a long period of sometimes “overwhelming” research, Whitehair said he slowly built the display using a computer matrix that controls the light show in his office. Hundreds of tiny LEDs come together to create an immersive blend of light and music. Lights twinkle to the tune of Christmas classics, which visitors can listen to by tuning their car radios to unusual frequencies.
Whitehair said producing the show is a lengthy process and requires work throughout the year.
“I get songs, I have a program called xLights, I put them in there and it breaks them down into beats,” he said. “And then we sequence each one to a different effect depending on what props we have in the garden. We basically do that year-round.”
After working on decorating the house for about two years, Whitehair said she was inspired by 99.9 WFRE’s annual radiothon, which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and decided to do the same in her own home. Told. A donation box outside encourages visitors to donate a few dollars to the children’s hospital, and her QR code is available for those who need to donate digitally.
Whitehair said her home is also featured on WFRE to spread the word about the fundraiser. So far this season, about $1,215 has been raised for the children’s hospital, compared to about $3,000 last year, Whitehair said.
But the Whitehairs have had some problems this year, with their home attacked by vandals on December 13th. Whitehair said some lights were damaged and signs telling visitors which lights to tune into were also vandalized.
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Todd Wibel said the department is investigating the vandalism. He said little is known at this time, other than that they are searching for four people who were driving an unknown color sedan. Wibel said the agency’s experts are trying to sort through surveillance footage provided to the sheriff’s office in hopes of gleaning more information.
Wibel said the suspected vandals were likely responsible for other acts of vandalism in the area that same night, and asked anyone with information to call (301)-600-1046. I’m calling out.
Ms. Whitehair contacted WFRE officials and told them about the on-air vandalism.
“We’ve been flooded with calls, not just from people who want to help St. Jude, but from us as well,” he said, adding that he’s received many offers to help replace destroyed materials. “We didn’t accept it. We told them to leave it at St. Jude. One of the things they teach you in the hobby is to buy extra parts, but thankfully I did so.”
Whitehair said some of her neighbors offered to help repair the damaged material, and within six hours it was as if there was little damage.
Whitehair said he has been greatly supported by his wife Kristy, daughter Nicole Willcomb, fiancée Imani Fielder and grandson Maurice Hawkins.