Bartlett family puts extra meaning behind holiday display - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Bartlett family puts extra meaning behind holiday display

One Mid-South family is putting much more meaning behind their Christmas display than just lights.

Both lights and sound are synchronized at the Cockroft home in Bartlett, putting on an entertaining show. But what's behind the display may make it a once in a lifetime Christmas gift that could fulfill a child's dream.
 
From the street, people gather nightly to watch the Cockrofts' light show, timed with six songs that can be heard on a low power radio station.

"Everyone likes the singing snowman," said spectator Lindsay Stewart. "That's everyone's favorite."

Scott Cockroft said his family spent days putting up the 60,000 lights that make up the show and used a computer program to time it with music.

"We had some concern the neighbors wouldn't be too happy about it, but everybody has been really nice," he said.

At any given time cars filled with people are on the corner, watching and listening enjoying the  entertainment.  But the lights are serving a greater purpose than just wowing crowds in cars.

"If we raised $5,000, which is our goal, we would actually get to participate in making a wish for someone," Jennifer Cockroft said. 

The Make A Wish Foundation grants wishes to children who are diagnosed with life-threatening and terminally ill conditions.  Since the display was put up, the Cockroft family has passed out envelopes for people to send donations directly to Make A Wish, passing on the holiday spirit in more ways than one.

The Cockrofts' display will be active nightly until January 1. 


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