Toys for Tots

There is still time to make a toy donation for Toys for Tots.  We have received many great toys this year, but even more would be wonderful.  We have never asked for any other types of donations – just toys so that as many kids as possible have something to open on Christmas morning.  Your generosity is great appreciated.


Believe in the Magic

I get asked many times why I continue to do the display every year (this is the 12th year).   There are many reasons – but here is one of them:  For the last several years, always on the first Friday in December, an anonymous local couple, …donates a huge bundle of wonderful toys.  They bring dozens of toys for both boys and girls of all ages.  It is simply an act of generosity that will mean dozens of local kids will have at least one present to open on Christmas day.

What makes this annual event even more magical, is the fact this couple are also ninjas.  They pull in the driveway, unload bags and bags of toys and I never see or hear them.  Today, I was working in my office – not more than 10 feet away from where they were unloading –and I never knew it.

One the themes of our display is “Believe in the Holiday Magic” – the kindness of this couple is why I believe.

Ready or not . . .

Ready or not, our 12th year will be starting soon. If the weather cooperates over the next 10 days, we should be ready to go on Saturday, November 30th.

We are continuing to be a drop off location for Toys for Tots. All donated toys go to local Fox Valley kids through local charities. Also, for those that Believe, don’t forget to take your ‘I Believe Bell’ from our container in the driveway.

Live video will be streaming again this year too. You might catch a glimpse of us setting up or see some preliminary testing starting sometime next week.2012 - LED Tree

Stay tuned and check back for more updates!

Welcome to the redesigned TwasTheNightBefore.Com

The website, which is now 11 years old,  has been designed to support multiple browsers, mobile devices and will be much easier to maintain and update.  My preliminary testing has also shown that the live video stream will appear on almost any device – PC or Mac, Android or iPhone.

Halloween is over, Thanksgiving will be here soon and in less than 30 days, hopefully all the lights will be on too.

Check back often for updates as the month progresses!
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