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In Elon, North Carolina, Kim and Paula Hensley put up a huge display of holiday inflatables in their front yard every year. Unfortunately, this March their home burnt down after it caught on fire in an electrical storm.
The neighborhood has grown to expect the holiday display each year and the children always enjoy it. The neighborhood children wondered if there would be no decorations this year. Even with the tragic event happening less than a year earlier, the Hensley’s put up their huge collection of inflatables for a 12th year in a row.
Kim and Paula’s home was a total loss and they could not return to it after the fire. They are now living next door in a house they had bought for Kim’s parents, who are now deceased. They were able to save two of their beloved dogs in the fire, but one, Tweeter, is still missing. The town has worked hard to help find the missing dog but have had no luck. This year the Hensley’s thought their holiday display could double as a “Thank You” card for all those in the town that helped them out in their hard times. They wanted to let the fire fighters who battled the fire and the community members who looked for their dog and helped them out know they appreciated their efforts.
Thankfully, their 200 plus decorations were stored safely in a storage unit. They have many inflatable decorations that really make their set up look big and unique. Next to a blow up angel a sign was put up that read, ” Our fire was tragic but your compassion was overwhelming. Thank you to… all firefighters, EMS, police officers,” each having their own sign. Kim added a big blow up fire truck to his display this year too. There is a mini-scene on the lawn of caroling snowmen with a sign thanking “family, friends and strangers.” Lastly there is an inflatable dog that holds a Christmas stocking in his mouth with a sign next to him saying, “Tweeter is still missing.”
The Hensleys still keep the back gate open, hoping Tweeter will eventually come back home. Until then, they will continue their holiday tradition as they do every year.