Staten Island Man Gives Back With Elaborate Christmas Display Honoring Late Wife | NBC Nightly News

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Published: 12/09/2019

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Joe DiMartino started “Lights for Life,” his elaborate Christmas display, to honor his wife, who was killed on September 11, 2001. The decorations bring joy to the community and serve as a fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Center at Staten Island University.» Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbc...



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Every night on new york, staten island, a winter wonderland sparkles to life straight from the imagination of joe dimartino, i'm gon na put he's a retired pepsi factory foreman, who spends the better part of a year, transforming his house into a must-see attraction that draws young and Old, dubbed lights for life dimartino started this christmas tradition in 2002, in honor of his wife, debra ann a ...
ter she died in the 9/11 attacks that horrific day. It'S just things with you, but that first year i tried to run away from it and i i realized that i couldn't run away from it. So i said to myself: i made a vow to myself that i'm gon na beat thisand i'm gon na fight it and i'm gon na, like this house up bigger and brighter each and every year and her memory. He started modestly, with this nativity scene each year. Adding new animatronics lights and characters after all santa needs, a full workshop of elves, and it wasn't just about christmas cheer for dimartino. He wanted to continue what his late wife, deborah ann loved, to do. Give back he's raised more than three hundred thousand dollars for the children's cancer center at staten island university hospital. It'S a win-win situation, i'm helping sick children and keep them in my life wife. Over the years. When i see the kids come their eyes just light up. You see theglisten in their eyes, thomas. How are you nice to meet you? Thank you for coming.

This is thomas celentano, his first time here he spent six months undergoing treatment in the cancer unit. That dimartino supports. When i see that i'm touching so many people, it gives me more strength and makes me think what i could do for next year chose hoping to raise a record $ 40,000. This year, hey nbc news fans, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.


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