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Local Family Raising Money for Alzheimer’s Research Through Christmas Decoration


Randy Motes among his Christmas decorations. | Image from Fox4

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For some, Christmas is all about spreading good tidings and touching lives positively. One such DeSoto family raised that bar when they decided to raise money for Alzheimer’s research through their Christmas decorations.

Randy Motes and his wife had been preparing all year to decorate his childhood home with thousands of lights, inflatables, and signs.

According to FOX 4 News, all the wooden signs are painted in their living room, with some of his favorites coming from twenty years ago.

In an interview with FOX 4, Motes revealed that he got teary-eyed while he and his wife were wrapping the trees because it brings back memories of him and his mother.

“I was an only child, and my parents were much older,” Motes told FOX 4. “I was always with the old population of people. I know quite a few people who have had Alzheimer’s.”

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 6 million Americans, many of whom are 65 and older, Alzheimers.gov states. Many more people are affected by Alzheimer’s disease as family members or acquaintances of those who have it.

His decorated house, called “Motes’ Yard,” sits Off Shadywood Lane in DeSoto.

Motes had previously raised $150,000 for St. Jude Hospital during Halloween with its skeleton yard design while surpassing its expected goal in the process.

This time Motes aims to raise $20,000 for Alzheimer’s research by attracting Christmas visitors to check out their decked-out house, according to FOX 4 News.

Visitors can make their donations by scanning QR codes sitting in the front yard. So far, Motes has raised $2,000 of his intended target.

Motes hopes that Christmas traffic will help him reach his intended target while also lighting up the eyes of people passing by.

Motes revealed that visitors and those passing by often awe at the decoration.

Motes, however, added that more decorations will be added to the home before Christmas, with the donations set to run through January 5.

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