‘The kids love it’

East Brad­ford cou­ple hopes lights, and toys, bring joy to chil­dren in Ch­ester County

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Pete Ban­nan pban­nan@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @pe­te­ban­nan on Twit­ter

For the past 10 years, Jerry and Jean Cor­rado have turned their home at 1102 Nobb Hill Drive into an oa­sis of Christ­mas lights and dis­plays.

The cou­ple uses the dis­play to col­lect toys to be do­nated to chil­dren ad­mit­ted to the emer­gency room and pe­di­atrics unit

at Ch­ester County Hospi­tal.

In the first year, the cou­ple col­lected 235 toys while last year they col­lected an amaz­ing 1,162 toys.

The Cor­ra­dos flipped the switch Thanks­giv­ing night on this year’s dis­play and will de­liver the toys to the hospi­tal on Christ­mas Eve.

If you are do­nat­ing toys, look for the box la­beled “toys” next to Santa Claus.

Jerry Cor­rado said they be­gin putting the lights up just af­ter Halloween.

Cor­rado es­ti­mated there are 500 ex­ten­sion cords re­quired for the dis­play. He said they had a new 240volt elec­tric box in­stalled in the home to han­dle the power re­quire­ments.

He added that the high winds over the past week blew the dec­o­ra­tions over, and he had to place or­ange strips to mark weather lines so he doesn’t trip when mov­ing among the dec­o­ra­tions. An­other haz­ard is the small an­i­mals that chew the cords, short­ing out dis­plays.

“The five weeks that the lights are on costs $500,” Joan Cor­rado said. “But we love see­ing peo­ple stop­ping. The kids love it.”

De­spite the ex­pense, the cou­ple isn’t waste­ful. She said the cou­ple be­gin look- ing for dec­o­ra­tions in Jan­uary and pointed to the large bal­loon which they picked up for $25, 10 per­cent of its orig­i­nal ask­ing price.

PHO­TOS BY PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Sarah, Annabelle and Tommy Speers check out Jerry and Jean Cor­rado’s Christ­mas light dis­play on Nobb Hill Drive. The cou­ple uses the dis­play to col­lect toys to be do­nated to chil­dren ad­mit­ted to the emer­gency room and pe­di­atrics unit at Ch­ester County Hospi­tal.

If you are do­nat­ing toys, look for the box la­beled “toys” next to Santa Claus.

For the past 10 years Jerry and Jean Cor­rado have turned their home at 1102 Nobb Hill Drive in East Brad­ford into an oa­sis of Christ­mas lights and dis­plays. The cou­ple uses the dis­play to col­lect toys to be do­nated to chil­dren ad­mit­ted to the emer­gency room and pe­di­atrics unit at Ch­ester County Hospi­tal.

Jerry Cor­rado with one of the hun­dreds of dec­o­ra­tions and cords.

Some of the dec­o­ra­tions in Jerry and Jean Cor­rado’s East Brad­ford yard.

Ju­liana and Lailana Cur­tis with Isa­iah Tor­res and Jerry and Jean Cor­rado at their Christ­mas light dis­play on Nobb Hill Drive in East Brad­ford.

PHO­TOS BY PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jerry Cor­rado ad­justs one of the hun­dreds of dec­o­ra­tions and cords.

For the past 10 years Jerry and Jean Cor­rado have turned their home at 1102 Nobb Hill Drive in East Brad­ford into an oa­sis of Christ­mas lights and dis­plays.

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