HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Over the Thanksgiving weekend, some magic happened in Hampstead. We told you about a special 6-year-old girl who lives with juvenile arthritis earlier this month and how a community was creating a memory for her. Today we take you to it.
“This is a special Christmas for me,” she told WWAY’s Jenna Kurzyna earlier this month.
It’s a countdown this kiddo will never forget.
“This will be the first year we have a special grand opening,” Tonia Register said. Tonia and her husband create a massive holiday display each year called Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights.
“When we found out about Kayleigh and all the special stuff she goes through,” Tonia said. “She’s just too adorable so we decide this year normally we just cut em on and ok come through when you want to but we decided we wanted to do something special for her.”
They did. Each year organizers of the Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights show in Pender County put out holiday decorations galore and flip the switch for all to enjoy.
This year Kayleigh Andrews got the honor.
“I hope like a lot of people are here and I hope they like it,” she said of the big event.
Organizers even made Kayleigh a special elf outfit and a new dinosaur light display with a blue bow for juvenile arthritis. It’s a condition she is lives with along side her service dog, Bailey. “He’s the best, my best friend.” And her best friend was there as the crowd began a countdown that will forever be a memory to Kayleigh and her favorite place to visit during the holidays.
It’s a community continuing their tradition with something a little extra special this year. Merry Christmas, Kayleigh, and everyone who made opening night at Lake Linda’s in Hampstead one to remember.
Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights is located at 218 Old House Road, Hampstead NC 28443. It is free to go through the lights, but you can donate a toy for Toys for Tots.
Video of Kayleigh turning on the lights is courtesy of Tonia Register.