A Christmas tradition in Marysville is drawing in big crowds and big money for charity. The family who lives at 7513 72nd Drive Northeast has been decorating their home for seven years. During the month of December, nearly a hundred cars a night drive through their neighborhood to see it.
Checking out the display is free, but Dennis Warren's hope is that no one comes empty-handed.
He stands on his street night after night, greeting cars as they arrive and collecting donations and canned goods to bring to Volunteers of America.
"They have a big warehouse and can accept anything we can give them," said Warren. "It's really worked out the last four or five years."
He says it brings added meaning to a project that already spreads so much joy.
"What's really worth it is the smiles on the childrens' faces, and the smiles the lights bring to other adults," he said.
Some families park in front of his house and stay there for a half hour or more. Many visit on more than one occasion.
"You always see things like this on YouTube or on television," said Aaron Carlisle, who brought his three-year-old daughter. "To experience it in person is even better."
He says the donations collected by the Warren family are the icing on the cake.
"I think the world needs more people like that, it's just an awesome thing," said Carlisle.
Volunteers of America served more than 2.5 million people in 46 states.
Last year, Warren was able to give the organization a check for $3,000 and more than 1300 pounds of food. He hopes to meet or exceed those numbers this year.
The lights will be back on Christmas Eve, from about 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Warren does keep the lights off on Christmas Day, so he can spend it with his family instead of directing traffic on his street.
The display will then continue December 26th-29th. Warren plans to make the donation to Volunteers of America at the end of the month.