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The holiday season is usually a time of joy and relaxation. You get to spend time with your family and friends as you have some reprieve at the end of the year. However, many people may have a difficult season, considering the number of homes that were destroyed during last month’s Hurricane Sandy. Many organizations and individuals have been aiding in the cleanup effort, whether it’s been in-person, in donations or in dollars. This is true of one local Rhode Island event, which is donating all of its proceeds to a family who really needs the support.
According to The Valley Breeze Newspaper, a young NYPD police officer had just purchased a new home only two months before Sandy hit:
“Jackie Williams’ nephew is a New York City Police officer who has served two tours in the U.S. Navy. The 26-year-old had just bought his first home 54 days before Hurricane Sandy hit. It is now considered a total loss.”
Now, a regular tradition at 5 Angus Drive in a nearby neighborhood, has decided to donate all of its proceeds to the Williams family. The article says that the event is always well-attended:
“‘Raising the Inflatables’ has been a fun holiday tradition for Paul and Lindsey Vallely, who live at 5 Angus Drive. Dozens of inflatable lawn ornaments come to life when a child, chosen by a raffle, flips the master switch to give them life. The event, this year held on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., also has hot chocolate, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa Claus.”
The money collected will go to the family, as well as any donations that may have been offered at the event, which took place last Sunday. This is a great example of how inflatables are not only attention-getting, but how they can bring people together to help on another in tough times.