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Family of frontline workers puts on holiday light display to raise money for local non-profit

Posted at 12:24 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 19:50:15-05

KILLEEN, TX — One Killeen Family has taken their holiday light display to another level. Their light show is synchronized to music and includes thousands of lights and over 50 holiday decorations.

“You know this year was far from normal from the get-go," Tracy Sopko says.

The usual holiday cheer was dampened by the stressors of 2020 but despite a year full of hardships, Darrin and Tracy Sopko felt its only right to shine a light on the holidays

“It took a long time because there was a lot of extension cords to get in and run it’s over 200,000 feet worth of extension cord,” said Darrin Sopko.

They started to set up back in October in between shifts both working on the frontlines. Tracy is a nurse at a local hospital and Darrin is a Killeen firefighter at Station 3.

With the help of their son, they worked through their exhaustion, and in the true holiday spirit, they are collecting donations for the Garden of Hope nonprofit and letters to Santa.

“It’s a wonderful organization that is a home it’s a temporary home for children who are looking for placement into a foster home," Tracy Sopko says.

During a time where so many people are trying to find an ounce of hope, the Sopko’s are making sure the giving spirit shines beyond the fire station and hospital.

“We felt more than ever that we need to come out with something bigger and better so people can enjoy something where they can still social distance and still have fun and just remember what Christmas is all about,” says Tracy.

If you want to come out to see the light show you can catch it in Killeen at 143 Meadow Glen Dr, 7 days a week. The letters to Santa mailbox is right in the front and so is the donation information for Garden of Hope.

The show starts at 6:30 and ends at 10:30 so there is plenty of time to swing by.

Darrin also tells 25 news that Fire Station 3 adopts 1-3 families every year for Christmas, so far they have only adopted 1. So if you are in need of a Christmas miracle, he encourages you to drop off your letter to Santa when you visit the light show.