POSTED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 7:27pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 10:46pm
ASCENSION PARISH, La (NBC33) — Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies need your help to find a group of grinches. Christmas vandals destroyed holiday décor on dozens of homes. One of the homes put up lights to help raise money for St. Jude.
Katelynn Raposo and her dad Scott love decorating for Christmas, but a group of vandals did their best to bust up the 57 thousand Christmas lights covering the family's front yard.
"I think that those persons was bad," Katelyn Raposo exclaimed.
"My first thought was somebody drove a truck through my front yard it looked that bad," Scott Raposo, said.
A nearby home's security cameras caught the criminals in action. By the end of the night deputies say more than a dozen homes decor was damaged.
"I want to pack everything up and go hide away," Raposo sighed. "After about ten twenty thirty minutes you calm down and you say you know what don't let them win. Don't let them get you. Let's go at them bigger and better."
The Raposo family woke up to find more than a month's worth of decorating down the drain...
"My dad worked so hard on it, that I don't think they should destroy it anymore," Katelyn Raposo, said.
Then when all seemed dark. Dozens of volunteers showed up to help rebuild, and turn the lights back on Saturday. Raposo said more than 30 adults and 20 kids came to work. He had so many volunteers he ran out of jobs for them to do. Saturday night the neighborhood hosted a bake sale to help raise money for the families display.
"It literally restored my faith in humanity," Raposo explained. "This is a wonderful community full of wonderful people."
"It felt great. It felt like they cared about Christmas," Katelyn Raposo said.
Raposo says people donated enough to help cover most of the 7 thousand dollars in damages. He's adding security cameras to help make sure nothing like friday's vandalism happens again.
"That's the fear that they come back again we're hoping not. They are not going to stop us. If they come again we'll set up again. It's too good of a cause not to do," Raposo affirmed.
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