BANGOR- Hundreds of people visit 21 Hillview Drive each holiday season.
With more than 45,000 lights on display, it’s clear it’s Christmas time in the city.
“It ends December 26. I give myself a few days, then January 1st, I‘m out there buying new lights,” said Rick Hathaway, the homeowner. “For us, it’s just a year round thing.”
For about 7 years, this display has been bringing joy to the world, but it’s beginnings are unique.
“It all started back in 2008. My wife gave birth to our twins, Warren and Alex. Warren spent 51 days in the NICU, while Alex passed away due to prematurity,” said Hathaway.
In front of the home is a donation box where people can give to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s NICU.
Hathaway said they raised just shy of $5,000.
“The hospital has a new NICU, but there’s always things that could help them. When we were there we had to leave every night. Now they can stay there,” said Hathaway. “To be able to give back and let them use the money to do what they need to or buy and to help other families, it’s great.”
On December 14th, people who stop by will have a chance to enjoy some hot cocoa and meet Santa.
“The reason they’re doing it and the past experience they had is very emotional,” said a visitor. “For everyone to come enjoy the lights and music that goes with it is amazing.”