OSHKOSH, Wis. An Oshkosh couple spent their whole year creating a Christmas light show to remember, but that's not all they're doing, they're hoping the show will shed some light to the needs of the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.
John and Amanda Peterson's yard has 5,500 individually controlled pixel lights, which grabs the attention of anyone walking or driving past.
"Pixels are different than your traditional Christmas lights, it's actually a three color LED, so each individual light can be programmed to any color you want," said John.
At the end of their driveway is a barrel and tube, where people can donate supplies, money and gift cards to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.
"We chose that because it's something near and dear to our heart, both my wife and myself and the rest of our family members are animal lovers so we try to look out for them during the holiday season," said John.
"I see some wonderful donations for the Oshkosh Area Humane Society that will really help us take care of the animals and to keep our building in shape too, it's really neat to see a variety of things being donated to help us out," said Cheryl Rosenthal, Communications Coordinator at Oshkosh Area Humane Society.
John and Amanda will be collecting donations for the Oshkosh Humane Society up until New Year’s Day, every day their light show runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Petersons are already planning for next year and hope to add lights to their side yard. They say they will keep the humane society as their charity of choice.
"You don't have to get out of your car and go out into the cold, and to have a place to make donations I think it's just a great way to get in the holiday spirit of giving," Rosenthal said.
“Last night we actually had two 20-pound bags of dog and cat food donated so that was a nice surprise when we pulled the barrel in at the end of the night, it's been a steady stream, the weekends are usually busier, but usually every night there's something out there so that's rewarding," John says.
Those wishing to see the light show or donate to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society can visit 336 Sunnybrook Drive, Oshkosh, WI 54904.