Mishawaka, Ind. Thousands of Mishiana residents took part in the Winding Brook Park "Gift to the Community Tour" yet again this year, dazzled by the drive-through lights show that has roots going back to the 1960's.
"Each year we put a little bit more," said Winding Brook Park resident Greg Ballew. "It's a little bit of work but it's worth it -- I mean, all the people can come out and see it... and we have to keep up with the neighbors."
While the show amazes thousands of onlookers every year -- it's an event that's not all for show. Nine different local charities benefit from donations received at the end of the tour.
The main benefactor Christmas night was a group called Hannah's House, based in Mishawaka. It serves as a residential home for pregnant women with no place to go.
"Our main goal is to provide a stable environment and a stable home during this time of crisis and stress for them," said Nanci Zahner, volunteer services coordinator Hannah's House. Zahner said the charity provides the essentials for those newborn babies as well as education opportunities and job training for moms.
"Hannah's House has been a benefactor of this Christmas drive for several years," she said. "One hundred percent of donations go back to supporting the organization."