Family lights up the night and gives back to local kids


HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — What’s Christmas without the shine and glimmer of Christmas lights. One Hampstead family has taken their lights display to the next level and it is benefiting area children.

Mike and Tonia Register and their family have put a lot of work and time into their massive lights display.

“It’s been worth every second we put in it,” said Tonia. “It’s kind of grown a little each year and then last year we said why don’t we go all-in and try to get people back into the Christmas spirit.”

Hundreds of lights later and hours of work all to bring some Christmas cheer to people in the Hampstead, and Surf City area. And Tonia said they wanted to take it just a little further.

“When people started coming to our light show this year and they were wanting to pay our power bill, and I said you know we don’t want anything, we just want the kids to be happy so why don’t we start putting a donation box outside so that’s what we did,” said Tonia.

The Registers teamed up with Toys for Tots Santa John Helms, and Santa’s helper Judy Rudd so they could begin collecting toy donations from visitors.

“They’ve had a very good turn out with it, they’ve collected a lot of toys, to help a lot of children,” said Helms.

“It’s like a miracle, it’s like a miracle come true,” said Rudd.

And those Christmas miracles are being spread throughout the county through a Surf City-Hampstead Christmas Lights Facebook page Tonia created so people can find lights displays in their area.

“We’ve gotten a lot of response on that, it’s been pretty crazy there are a lot of lights we didn’t know about.”

This is just one way the Registers are creating a sense of community and revealing the true meaning of Christmas.

“Everybody has been involved, it’s brought our family together, but it’s brought us together with a lot of people in the community,” said Tonia.

If you want to check out the lights it’s at 218 Old House Road. And if you want to bring a toy the collections at the home will go through the weekend.

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