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Getting spooky for a good cause

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Tara Jeffrey

Tammie Willis has outdone herself — again.

Halloween decorations at 177 Christina St.

The Sarnia woman’s Christina Street home has once again been transformed into one of the spookiest spots in town this month, featuring ghosts, ghouls, animatronics, and a 12-foot clown, “Carnevil.”

Not to mention dozens of homemade props, thanks to daughters Faith and Jericho.

“They’re pretty creative,” she said, adding that much of it was possible thanks to donations of plywood from Sarnia Steel.

Halloween House, 177 Christina St.

Willis started decorating the home during the pandemic, with hopes to keep busy, and bring some joy to neighbours and passers-by. She kept it up for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, May 4th, and Pride Month.

And it’s all for a good cause.

She’s hoping anyone who comes to check out the outdoor frightfest, will bring along a donation for the River City Shelter in Sarnia.

A donation bin at 177 Christina Street.

“I don’t care what they drop off — if somebody can use it, we will get it to River City,” said Willis, who collected 600 pairs of socks during last year’s Halloween display, and hundreds of donations of hygiene supplies last Christmas after transforming the home into a spectacular “Who-ville” wonderland.

“I would fill up the car with supplies, then two days later, the donation bins would be full again.

“At this point, people need food.”

Willis said the number of folks experiencing homelessness in Sarnia — particularly in her south end neighbourhood — has been growing “exponentially.”



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