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Giving thanks with lights

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The Hathaway house is one of the most decorated homes in the Bangor area each Christmas. The family doesn't use hundreds of lights, they use thousands to decorate their house, garage, shrubs and trees. It's their small way of celebrating the holiday while also displaying their heartfelt gratitude to Eastern Maine Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU.

"It's a lot of work and definitely a lot of love [to put up all the lights] but there's a reason behind what we're doing. We're collecting money for the NICU," explained Rick Hathaway.

He and his wife spent weeks traveling back and forth from their home to the hospital when their son Warren was in the NICU. His twin Alex passed away from premature complications. Four years have passed since then, and Hathaway is still publicly thanking the NICU staff for all they did for his boy, the best way he knows how.

"Last year we ended up collecting between $3,800 and $4,000. It was a good chunk of change they could put towards anything they needed at the NICU," he said. "But this year, we're really hoping to beat all the other year's goals."

The Hathaways have a giant red stocking in front of their home to collect the donations while onlookers and passersby watch the family's collection of over 25-thousand lights dance, blink and skip in time to some great holiday music.

"We've had it going since the Friday after Thanksgiving because we had a lot of family around to help us. That night we had probably 100 cars stop by," explained Hathaway.

Almost everyone who stops always asks him how much his light bill goes up this time of year.

"It's really not bad. It's like $10 or $15 because not all the lights are on at once and they are all LED so they are energy efficient," he said.

Those wishing to check it out can swing by the Hathaway holiday lights display, at 21 Hillview Drive nightly from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.


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