Lighting the way for transplant patients

Lovely Lights

2 Patricia Drive, Gilbertsville

The Lovely family of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania are no strangers to organ transplants. After Ken Lovely’s wife had a lifesaving lung transplant in 2007,they made it their mission to spread the word about the importance of organ donation. So the following year after an inspiring trip to Disney World, Ken draped 15,000 Christmas lights outside and around their home and added in signs about organ donation in the hopes that people watching would take away a little bit of information with their holiday cheer.

Now in its seventh year, the Lovely Christmas Lights show is bigger and more festive than ever. Recently listed among Philadelphia Magazine’s ‘Best Christmas Lights in Philadelphia,’ the 2014 show includes more than 40,000 lights and 3,500 feet of extension cords! Running every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the theme of this year’s show is Frozen (“Let it go…let it goooo”) with lights flashing in sync to music on 92.1FM. It takes all year for Ken to prepare the elaborate light and music show. He lets his wife, Mary Jo, choose the theme and then he runs with it, selecting music to match the spectacular lights. Keeping their passion of organ donation awareness close to heart, the Lovelys have chosen HelpHOPELive to be the beneficiary of their efforts for the second year in a row. Although it is free to watch, the dazzling display of lights encourages spectators to consider goodwill donations to HelpHOPELive in an effort to give back to those who need a transplant. Over the past 30 years, fundraising campaigns organized by HelpHOPELive have helped more than 2,300 patients receive the gift of life.

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