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Program gives struggling family Christmas lights for free

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Every year, the Decorated Family Program gives back to veterans by coming to families' homes and decorating them for free. This year, Christmas Decor by Senske came to hang Christmas lights on the McCormick family's house in Spokane. 

It's been a rough couple of years for the McCormick family.  They normally make a big deal out of decorating their home, but this year they are one member short. Jeri and Tom were raising their six year old granddaughter together when Tom passed away. Jeri is battling cancer and is not well enough to hang Christmas lights. 

"I thought we wouldn't have Christmas lights up again," their granddaughter Jaylynn said. 

Jeri called Senske to get an estimate on how much it would cost to have someone else come hang them. That's when Shelyn, an employee with Senske, learned Tom had served in the Navy. She decided to nominate them for the program. 

With tears in her eyes, Jeri thanked the workers multiple times. Jaylynn, however, got right to work telling the workers where to hang the lights. 

"I'm really happy that I get to have my lights for Christmas," she said.

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