Donations Light Up Texoma Tradition

Fantasy of Lights, a tradition in Wichita Falls for about 70 years, is only made possible through the generosity of the Texoma community.

"It shows just how nice the people of Wichita Falls are because they give back to this display, they don't ever want to see it go away," said Fantasy of Lights Coordinator Randy Canivel. "So that's how I keep it alive is through the communities help."

There is a long list of businesses and organizations that "adopt" each display and pay for its upkeep. However, the rest of the support is collected by volunteers in firefighter boots at the Fantasy of Lights.

"If everybody that (came) through or drove through, if everybody would just give 50 cents, we would be well ahead," said Boot Collection Volunteer Coordinator Roy Huston.

Huston said, in his 19 years working with Fantasy of Lights, he has seen everything from $1,000 anonymous checks to pennies donated by kids, and every little bit helps.

Volunteers collect about $8,000 from visitors over the month of December.

Huston is still looking for people to volunteer Sunday-Thursday 6-9:30p.m. and Fri. and Sat. 6-10:30p.m. You can contact Roy Huston at 940-763-1111 if you are interested in volunteering.

Fantasy of Lights officially lights up on Friday, Dec. 7th and will run until after Christmas. Newschannel 6 will be collecting donations on Saturday, Dec. 8th.