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Ormond Beach Observer Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 1 year ago

Ormond Beach residence's Christmas display keeps growing

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by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Before they moved to Ormond Beach, David and Brandy Schoolcraft only decked out their Indiana home with lights.

Now, four years later, the Schoolcrafts have more than 250 inflatable Christmas decorations in a quarter acre of their home's yard, a display that only a year ago was home to 100. The display just keeps growing.

“The more people that come, the more we decorated," David Schoolcraft said.

The couple originally began putting up the inflatables for their personal enjoyment, but over the years they have found true delight in seeing the people that stop by, from children to senior citizens. 

“I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many people visit each year," David Schoolcraft said.

After people asked them of donating toward their displays, the Schoolcrafts put up a donation box. With the money collected, they introduced the presence of Santa Claus, have given out candy canes and last year, gave away over 400 teddy bears to every child that stopped by their display.

“People started making contributions to that so we thought, well, you know the community is giving us this. What are we going to do to give back?” David Schoolcraft said.

Ormond Beach Pregnancy Crisis Center receives donations

Lois Jaskulsky, vice president of the St. Bernadette Conference and Joanne Roberts, office manager of the Pregnancy Crisis Center in Ormond Beach. Photo courtesy of Susan McLane-Maxwell

Thanks to a partnership between the St. Bernadette Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Pregnancy Crisis Center in Ormond Beach, the center was able to get donations of baby products on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The Conference presented the center with baby food, diapers, wipes, lotion and more. 

Local girls danced in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City

Four senior dancers from Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach were able to show off their talents out-of-state in one of the nation's most televised Thanksgiving Day events.

Natalie Alvarez, Annalisa Peburn, Jade Hopton and Mack Harris before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 23 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Janet Peburn

Annalisa Peburn, Natalie Alvarez, Jade Hopton and Mack Harris danced in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 23 in New York City.

"They worked hard and absolutely made Volusia County proud!" wrote Annalisa Peburn's mom Janet Peburn to the Ormond Beach Observer on Facebook.

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