KENNEWICK, Wash.—Losing a loved one can be one of the hardest experiences to deal with especially during the holidays. Friday a family was surprised with Christmas lights after they lost a father and husband.
Vikki Smith of Kennewick lost her husband to an unexpected heart attack the day after Thanksgiving. Her 17-year-old daughter who has special needs had her birthday just days later.
To help get the family in the holiday spirit, a friend nominated the family for the 97.5 Cool FM and Gamache Landscaping 2011 Holiday Light Makeover. When the family came home just after 5pm they were surprised with a home covered in Christmas lights.
Smith's husband, Don Smith, spent days getting Christmas lights ready for the tree each year. It was his favorite time of year.