Holiday lights for a cause
STATE COLLEGE - The State College house that received national attention last year with their Penn State-themed Christmas light show once again has people lining up on the road.
Elizabeth Stoner, who is just 9 years old, helped run the software that's used to make the light show on her computer.
"We put what we want the lights to do in between the timing tracks," Stoner said.
She matched the lights with one of her favorite holiday songs.
"I did a song called Happy Holiday, it's a really happy and cheery song."
The Stoner family said Tuesday that they hope the light show makes the season, a bit brighter.
"We've been doing it for a few years and now we feel like it's a community tradition," said Eric Stoner, Elizabeth's father. "It's a yearlong process, we're out here working in the summer time."
The house along Harvest Run Road in State College has several holiday songs, including a Penn State cheer, timed to hundreds of lights they've placed on their home and backyard. A sign on the porch tells drivers what radio station to tune into to hear the music. The Stoners usually collect for a different charity every year. This holiday season, they chose the Jarrod Box.
"They give out boxes to children in Mount Nittany Hospital," Stoner said. "Depending on their age and gender, the boxes include books, stickers, whatever would make the kids' experience a little better."
Elizabeth said she's proud her father chose the Jarrod Box, since she received one when she was in the hospital four years ago for surgery.
"I know how happy it makes kids when they receive a box. It's a special present with fun activities to do."
The light show has raised $500 so far, but the Stoners say they hope to raise even more before the holiday is over. They have the lights on every day from 5-10 pm.