LIBERTY TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – WYTV viewers have been pitching in to make the holidays a little brighter for a Liberty Township man who lost some of his cherished Christmas decorations over the weekend.
On Sunday night, for the first time since James Sehon began putting up the lights, someone struck sometime before he flipped the switch to turn everything on. Some of the displays had been stolen, and others were destroyed.
Sehon is a veteran and currently suffers from cancer. He said, despite the theft, his Christmas spirit isn’t dampened.
“I don’t expect to be here much longer, but ’til I die, I’ll be setting up for Christmas every year like this, you know, for the rest of my life,” he said.
Among those who have offered to help are a Canfield architect, who told WYTV that he would be willing to replace at least some of what Sehon lost, which may have been more than $1,000. Ryan Cene, who also made a donation to replace some of the missing lights, said it was the least that he could do.
“I was just brought up, you know, always do everything you can when you can to help somebody out, so I had to step in,” Cene said.
The Boardman Home Depot invited Sehon in pick out several inflatables, even replacing the Elf on a Shelf one that disappeared from his yard.
Home Depot General Manager Tim Hephner said the store tries to take care of its veterans and others in the Valley, especially around the holidays.
“It’s what it’s all about. It’s the Christmas spirit,” he said. “You know, we just want to make sure everyone passes it on and has this Christmas spirit all year.”
Sehon said the response has been overwhelming, but he just wants people to keep driving by to see his lights.
“Knowing that these kids are really enjoying something like that, you know, makes me real happy,” he said, crying.
Sehon’s daughter, Jennifer Deans, thanked those who stepped in to help her father after the story aired on WKBN Sunday night. In addition to donations, people have stepped forward to offer help putting up the display, she said.
Deans called the support “overwhelming.”
“So many people have so little, and they’re willing to take decorations off their own house for him,” she said. “I mean, it just warms your heart to think that there’s still people out there that care.”