Elkhorn light display helps to spread Christmas cheer throughout community
WALWORTH COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- An Elkhorn family is getting in the holiday spirit with an elaborate lights display and now, their Christmas cheer is spreading across the whole community.
JT Worley has always enjoyed setting up holiday lights on his house.
"There is no more joy than when you hit play, when you press play the show starts and you see the lights, how magical, and what the lights can do," said Worley.
His light shows are timed to music. This year, that holiday spirit spread to the Kunes Country Auto Group in Delavan.
"I asked my assistant Alyson who does all the Christmas lights up in Elkhorn and she said JT from my church," said Gregg Kunes with Kunes Country Auto Group.
"I was hesitant at first because the lights hold a special meaning to me. I didn't know what his intent was, did he want to sell more cars or draw attention? At the end of the day, he wanted to give back to the community," said Worley.
JT got to work, lighting two dealerships, and asked Kunes to donate labor costs to his church.
"That was a huge huge surprised to us, we're still speechless about us," said Pastor Tom Degroot with St. John's Church.
St. John's Church in Elkhorn was due for some repairs.
"We had a lightning strike in Elkhorn in the summer but it took out 13,000 in electronic equipment," said Pastor Degroot.
Lights in the sanctuary and an elevator to name a few. The repairs were around $25,000 and Kunes agreed to cover all that was needed.
"I had a number in my mind that I felt like something was telling me it was the right number," said Kunes.
Kunes doesn't believe he's the generous one. "It had to do with just giving of his time, the job he did was incredible."
He isn't alone in his thinking.
"I took it as an opportunity to give back to the community, he took it as an opportunity to give back to the community and my church," said Worley.
"It's amazing how giving to others then instills in you the desire to give to others," said Pastor Degroot.
The show runs weekdays and weekends and it's free. They are accepting donations. For more information on how to see the show and give back, click here.