Christmas lights show kicks off to benefit Make-A-Wish

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An Amsterdam man’s big Christmas celebration kicked off Friday night after money was stolen out of donation boxes he set up.

The Kristy Pollak Christmas Lights is officially open for the 17-year tradition of spreading holiday cheer. It’s a drive through course with over 200,000 lights. Families are greeted by the Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, and the Elf.

“We are still on and going forward,” Dave Falso said. “We’ve had many generous people come across since the money was stolen.”

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Around $300 was recently stolen from collection boxes that were set up to support Make-A-Wish. Because there is no admission to the lights show, the theft affected how much money could be donated to the foundation.

But people from all over the Capital Region came together to make sure the lights stayed on.

“It has brought out the good side of the holiday season,” Make-A-Wish Northeast New York Communications Manager Tim Riley said. “A number of people have stepped forward to not only donate money to off-set what was taken but even built us new boxes to safeguard the donations that they make.”

Hundreds came to visit the light show on its opening night, which means hundreds of dollars were given to change the lives of local kids.

It’s said that it’s better to give than receive – a mentality the people of the Capital Region live by.

“This is an example of the good that’s out there in the world and in our local communities,” Riley said. “It’s a relief to be able to look around and see something positive like this.”

The lights show will run through January 1.

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