Whitehall couple gives back to community this holiday season
Joe and Carol Polenchar love getting into the spirit of the holiday season.
Each year, they set up an elaborate musical and light display featuring computer-animated effects at their home at 36 Franklin St., Whitehall. The lights change and move in time with festive music to create an experience for the viewers who come from all around the Lehigh Valley. This year will mark the eighth anniversary of the display, which started as something fun for the Polenchars’ grandchildren and neighbors.
The couple decided to take it a step further and use their display to help those in need. For the past five years, the couple has set up a donation drop for Second Harvest Food Bank.
On the property, there is a sign with the donation wish list with waterproof containers below to hold the donations. There are new LED spotlights on the donation bins to highlight their importance. They are also accepting monetary donations with any checks made out to “Second Harvest Food Bank.”
“We have committed to help fight hunger ‘one can at a time’ using our light show as the vehicle,” they said.
According to the couple, they add more effects and lights each year to grow the display. The new additions this year include a new 4-inch-by-4-inch four-channel star, a second blue and white 24-channel mega tree with strobe lights and seven chasing snowflakes.
The show runs every night of the week. It will run 6-9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 6-10:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The shows started Thanksgiving night and will run until New Year’s Day.
In addition to the light show, Santa will visit the home on select nights. He will be there 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 21-23 with candy canes to hand out to visitors. The Polenchars hope his presence will help increase the amount of donations received.