LEXINGTON, S.C. -- The holiday season is known as a time for giving, and one neighborhood community did just that. They surprised two senior citizens and their families, making sure their Christmas lights keep shining bright.
Nila Keisler and her sister Frances have been turning on a decked out Christmas light display for about 15 years at their adjacent homes on Hope Ferry Rd.
"When it gets closer to Christmas, we'll have just lines and lines of traffic," said Keisler. "Some slowing down, some stopping, some getting out, taking pictures."
With electricity bills reaching $1,000 during the month of December, Nila began to think twice about continuing her festive tradition.
"I don't see it happening - maybe a couple more years," said Keisler.
When neighbor Brittani Bunce caught wind that the lights she had been driving past with her family might no longer be there, she looked for a way to help keep the tradition alive.
"I opened up the opportunity to our neighborhood by posting something on Facebook about what we wanted to do," said Bunce who lives in Saluda River Club . "The neighborhood responded, saying, 'Oh my goodness. I've been taking my kids to see those light for years. We know exactly the house that you're talking about,' and everybody was really willing to help out."
With the help of her neighbors and coworkers, Bunce surprised Keisler and her family with a $600 check.
"We know it's taken a lot of effort and it's been a little bit of a financial burden, so we have something that we hope will help with that," said Bunce after surprising Keisler at her house. "We just appreciate all you and your family do."
Keisler says her sons start putting up the lights each October. She says it's a month-long process.
Keisler says she's never had the community show so much support, giving back to a family that creates so much holiday cheer for its neighbors each year.