Staten Island Man Gives Back With Elaborate Christmas Display Honoring Late Wife | NBC Nightly News Staten Island Man Gives Back With Elaborate Christmas Display Honoring Late Wife | NBC Nightly NewsEvery night on New York, Staten Island, a winter wonderland Sparkles to life straight from the imagination of Joe demartino he’s a retired Pepsi Factory Foreman, who spends the better part of a year, transforming his house into a must-see attraction that draws young and old, dubbed lights for Life demartino started this Christmas tradition in 2002, owner of his wife, Deborah Ann after she died in the 9/11 attacks to her. If I try to run away from it – and I I realize that I couldn’t run away from it, so I sent them. If I made a vow to myself that I’m going to beat this and I’m going to fight it and I’m going to light this house up bigger and brighter each and every year and how memory he started, modestly, with this nativity scene, adding new animatronics lights and Characters, after all Santa needs a full Workshop of elves, and it wasn’t just about Christmas cheer for demartino. He wanted to continue with his late wife, Debra and love to do. Give back he’s raised more than $ 300,000 for the Children’s Cancer Center at Staten Island University Hospital. It’S a win-win situation, I’m helping sick children and keep them over my life, wife, animated Christmas. Thank you for coming. This is Thomas Celentano, his first time here he spent six months undergoing treatment in the cancer unit. That dimartino’s supports. When I see that I’m touching so many people, it gives me more strength and makes me what I could do for next year. She was hoping to raise a record $ 40,000 this year over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusive thanks for watching Joe DiMartino started “Lights for Life,” his elaborate Christmas display, to honor his wife, who was killed on September 11, 2001. The decorations bring joy to the community and serve as a fundraiser for the Children’s Cancer Center at Staten Island University.» Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC
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