Lights of Thanks


With the holiday season around the corner, many feel it's the time of year to be thankful and think of others.

One company is doing just that by stringing up the lights, a little early.

Outside a Bennington home, the Manhart kids play with leaves in the front yard. Behind them on the roof, the SunCo Landscaping company strings red and white lights on their house.

They are doing this - for free. Why? Just because a company and it's employees wanted to give back .

"I said we are looking for someone in our area who either has served or is serving, and gives back to their community and the Manhart's came up right away," said Mike Newcomer, SunCo Landscaping.

Martin Manhart's been a sailor for 26 years. He's a naval reserve. Part of this role means he could be deployed at anytime.

"I don't feel that is anything out of the ordinary, I've done this for so long, half my life I have done it," said Martin. "I guess it is a little different to go over to war and people appreciate that. I see it as my duty and I would go anytime, whenever I am needed."

The worry, what if he's shipped off before the holidays?

That unanswered question is why SunCo is stringing up the lights. In just a few short hours, the bare home becomes a house covered in lights from top to bottom. It stands waiting to be turned on for the entire neighborhood to see. But that isn't the only thing it stands for.

"I want to thank the veterans, the other veterans, and also the firemen in our community, with how much they do for us. And if then if they drive by our house to remember we are thinking of them too," said Ann Manhart, wife and mother.

Right as it gets dark everyone sees the grand reveal.

Each person's face lights up brighter than the house itself.

This isn't the first act of kindness for the SunCo company; they help a different veteran or active service member every year.


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