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Christmas lights bring smiles amid the coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 11:17 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 23:17:44-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One Leon County family is using their time in quarantine to put smiles on the faces of those passing by.

The Shack family put their holiday lights back up, spreading Christmas cheer in a time of uncertainty.

Christmas lights may be an unusual sight this time of year, but Bill Shack says he wants these lights to be a symbol of hope that these troubling times won’t last.

"I thought, 'why don't we bring some joy in the neighborhood,'" Shack said.

Schack and his family have been doing their jobs and staying away from other people.

They say, with it being hard to stay positive sometimes, they wanted to give people a reason to smile.

"The idea is just to bring some hope to the neighborhood," said Shack. It's a tough time right now for everybody and we just want to spread a little joy in our neighborhood."

Shack's daughter, Courtney, was ready to help her dad and experience a little bit of the holidays in the middle of the school year.

"Just being outside, watching and helping put lights on the roof was a lot of fun for me," she said.

And as it turns out the lights are a hit!

Schack says people often walk by and shout, "Merry Christmas," and hopes this will do the hearts of those in the community some good.

"This is the kind of thing that it really is important, I think, in our community right now, to just spread a little bit of joy," said Shack.

Schack doesn’t know how long the lights will be up but he welcomes others to join him.