GARLAND, Texas -- It's not marked on any calendar, but the unofficial kickoff to holiday decoration season starts right after Halloween wraps up.
In North Texas the push is on, too, but the focus is on replacing lights and decorations lost for the more than 1,700 homes damaged and destroyed in the EF-3 and EF-4 Dec. 26, 2015, tornado.
Jim Holt lost his home, too. After a 70-percent rebuild and more than nine months in an apartment, the lighting supplier for 1000bulbs.com moved back in to his Garland home in October.
"There’s something about the holidays and lighting and Christmas decorations -- it grabs everybody,” Holt said.
Holt says he's already received three-to-four pallets worth of donations from vendors he works with.
“I realized right away our need is much greater than probably what I can supply," Holt said.
So, he started the Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Relief 2016 Facebook page to help encourage donations from across North Texas to help light up neighborhoods darkened after the storm.
Desired items include new outdoor lights and decorations, Christmas trees, greenery, ornaments, wreaths, stockings, and other décor to help brighten the holiday season.
Holt says the next two weeks are the primary push for donations, and volunteer teams are ready to deliver decorations and begin hanging holiday lights at homes in Rowlett and Garland starting Nov. 19.
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