The winter display at my house started by mistake in 2008. I had built a 16-foot snowman in my yard just to stay active in the wintertime. After building that snowman, I was on my way to work when I heard an ad on WKDD for the Radiothon.
I drove home thinking, “I would like to help!” so I put a bucket in my front yard and asked folks who enjoyed the snowman to pitch in some spare change for Akron Children’s Hospital.
Now, the project has become an annual tradition in the Castle Park neighborhood. One year, I did a “Peanuts” theme, and another year we did “Despicable Me” with lots of little Minions around my yard.
This year, tributes to “Finding Nemo” and “Frozen” have grown so large that all the snow art is claiming my neighbors’ yards, too.
The best part about the project is my “Wishing Well.” It’s an actual wishing well that kids love to visit and pitch their change into.
When I think back, I’m proud of the year we raised $1,500, and I’m proud of all the other years, too. For me and for all the people who help me make the Radiothon great, the point is to care, right here at home, just like Akron Children’s Hospital does.
Thank you for celebrating another great year of snow sculpturing in Castle Park!