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Olive Branch Christmas Lights Dedicated to Mid-South Child, Military

An Olive Branch light display is a festive show dedicated to a Mid-South four year old with a rare bone disease. Friday night is the big reveal, and after three years of doing this there's a new twist.
OLIVE BRANCH, MS (abc24.com) - Are you officially ready to get in the Christmas spirit? An Olive Branch family started before Halloween.

Their light display is a festive show dedicated to a Mid-South toddler with a rare bone disease. Friday night is the big reveal, and after three years of doing this there's a new twist.

"Helping others is the whole reason for Christmas," and the reason behind the holiday bonanza that's taken over the front yard of Raul Valenzuela. "This year we're doing it not only for Bella, but also the Wounded Warrior Project."

Bella's Lights are red, white and blue, all waiting to reveal their brightness after dark.

There are close to 70,000 lights this year. Every single bulb flashes to the beat of music. Valenzuela started the show three years ago.

"With Bella," he says. "It all started with her." The daughter of close family friends, Bella Parker has brittle bone disease and huge medical bills.

"She'll be four this year. She's talking more than ever, she's even started school," says Valenzuela.

Donations from the holiday display go directly to Bella's care. This year, what's collected will be split between her and the Wounded Warrior Project.

"We just have several close friends and family that are in the military. It's just something close to my heart." Valuenzela spends thousands of dollars and weeks preparing for the show. He says helping the two out makes it all worthwhile.

"We thank God one, for our soldiers that couldn't be here during the holidays and Christmas, and two, for the angel God gave us being Bella."

The lights are located off Alexander Road.

The entire show runs about 35 minutes from 5:30 through 10:30 each night through January 4th.
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