COVENTRY — What first began as a hobby has now turned into a full-blown event to help raise money for families and children in need.
Johnson & Wales University student Tyler Horrock of Coventry, creator of “The Crazy Christmas House,” explained that he has been decorating his family’s home on 9 Blue Spruce Drive for Christmas for as long as he could remember.
When he was 14 however, he took his love for computers and began making computerized displays to hook up to his home.
It was last year that the display took off and became a fundraising event for those in need.
“Last year we raised money for a family friend who was in a serious car accident and the family had a tough time paying bills,” he said. “We raised $5,000 for the family.”
Because of the huge turnout, Horrock decided to take the money collected this year and donate it to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
His goal is to raise $7,500.
The foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
While working at Disney World for two years, he said he saw many families visiting the park because of the foundation.
“I really enjoyed seeing the happiness the children got to go through and to be able to break away from the hospitals, even for the parents, it allowed them to enjoy their family,” he said. “So I’m hoping with the money, I can send one of the kids and their family to Disney World.”
He said he has really grown to love creating the display every year and thinks about it all year long, beginning preparations for the event in August.
Horrock said he originally enrolled in the baking and pastry program at Johnson and Wales University, but soon switched his major to hospitality.
“Hospitality deals with planning things of this nature and that career is definitely more along the lines of what I want,” he said.
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