Local soldier's family gets a brighter Christmas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/18/09

Local soldier's family gets a brighter Christmas

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Today a local soldier's family is getting a brighter holiday season with a free Christmas light display thanks to a local business.

For hours, three workers put up over 360 lights. "I appreciate it so much. It means a great deal to us to be able to have Christmas lights up," said Vanessa Wright, wife of deployed soldier Scott Wright.

Each year Christmas Décor by Tree Loving Care picks a deployed soldier's family to get the display. This year it was the Wrights. "It's something we just really appreciate more than words can say, for them to be able to come out and do this for us because it wouldn't have gotten done without them," said Vanessa.

That's because First Class Petty Officer Scott Wright is fighting for our country overseas in the U.S. Navy. "Most of the time he's deployed we just don't decorate the outside of the house," said Vanessa.

Scott has been deployed three times now-twice in Iraq, and now Afghanistan.

Scott's wife Vanessa watched the lights go up, grateful her two children, 18-year-old Brian and 14-year-old Casey can have a brighter holiday season. "The kids are so excited, and I was really excited just to be able to have the lights decorated on the outside of the house for a change," she said.

The Wrights also take care of two foreign exchange students Victor from Sweden and Katherine from Denmark. They cope by keeping busy while Scott is overseas. "It's really tough. The holidays are probably one of the toughest times when he's deployed because you know it's about family and being together."

Scott is expected to come home sometime next spring. Until then, the Wrights say he'll continue to be with them in spirit. "We love him, we miss him, we wish he was here with us," said Vanessa.

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