Donors Step Up After Fort Dodge, Iowa Christmas Display Vandalized

Photo: Fort Dodge Community Foundation

(Fort Dodge, IA) -- Bill Miller's Fort Dodge home is a known to be well-populated with inflatables at Christmas time. His 10-year-old grandson Connor, who has epilepsy and spina bifida loves to bring the inflatables to life every night. Connor also helps his grandfather turn on the many lights that decorate the family's yellow house.

Recently, however, vandals destroyed the decorations.

The Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way learned about the damage and decided to launch a fundraising campaign, to pay for the replacement of the decorations. Randy Kuhlman, Foundation CEO, says they're hoping to raise $2,000 to help the Millers find and order new decorations, so that the Christmas spirit will be alive and well before Connor returns home from the hospital, where he's currently undergoing treatment. Kuhlman says the Fort Dodge Community is very supportive, he suspects they'll quickly reach their fundraising goal.

“The joy these decorations bring to Miller’s grandson as well has the citizens of Fort Dodge is very much worth the small investment” said Kuhlman. “There is no better time to show our community spirit and restore some Christmas magic for the Miller’s grandson Conner, and for our community!”

Online donations can be made at, or by mailing a check to the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way, 24 North 9th Street, Suite B, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. 

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