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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Geneseo couple decorates home for a good cause

  • The Rastetter's holiday display features many of the traditional Christmas trappings — the nativity, Santa Claus, snowmen and lights, lots and lots of lights — but the display also features a slightly more unusual item, a grocery cart.
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  • The Rastetter's holiday display features many of the traditional Christmas trappings — the nativity, Santa Claus, snowmen and lights, lots and lots of lights — but the display also features a slightly more unusual item, a grocery cart.
    The Geneseo residents are hoping spectators who come to view their Christmas light display will help fill the grocery cart with non-perishable items for the Geneseo Food Pantry and the Geneseo Animal Shelter.
    "We've put up lights in the past, but nothing to this extent," said Greg Rastetter. "The world can be a dark place, but in this season of Advent, we thought it would be nice to put up the lights and honor the Savior who gives the world light."
    In the spirit of the holiday and "as a reminder to us of who was born on Dec. 25" the Rastetters decided to use their display as a way to give back.
    "We hope the display will get people in the Christmas spirit. It's already gotten us in the Christmas spirit," said Heidi Rastetter. "We thought we could help others by asking for donations to the food pantry and animal shelter."
    The Rastetter's Christmas display wraps around the couple's Geneseo Hills home.
    "I lost count after 14,000 lights," said Greg.
    He began planning and setting up the display in October. "My wife decorates for Halloween, so I had to work around her decorations," he said.
    "It's been a slow and steady process since then, and I'm still looking for more places to add lights," noted Greg.
    The display is accompanied by holiday music, and Greg encourages those driving by the display to "roll down their windows and listen."
    The couple have received positive feedback on their display from neighbors and others driving by, and they hope more Geneseo residents will view their home and give non-perishable donations.
    The home is located at 22 Timberlane Dr. in Geneseo Hills.

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