Port St. Lucie home with elaborate Christmas display donates toys to kids
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBS12) —
One local man is taking his Christmas festivities to the next level.
He decorated the outside of his home with nearly 100,000 lights, plus Santa Claus and Snoopy are making appearances all night.
A Winter Wonderland has descended upon the Treasure Coast for 11 straight years. JW Salveson and his partner spent the last four months decorating their home with more than 85,000 lights and setting up a variety of inflatable, festive Christmas characters.
The Christmas essence doesn’t stop outdoors; inside his home, there are 75,000 lights, plus more than 100,000 ornaments.
The Port St. Lucie Christmas House shuts its doors Dec 18. The cost of entry is an unwrapped toy valued at $10 dollars or more.
“These toys are actually going to real children who want Santa Claus to come and visit,” Salveson said.
He expects to collect around 20,000 toys that he will donate to the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County on his birthday Dec. 19.
“It’s the greatest birthday present I could ever have, is to give to someone else on my birthday,” Salveson said.
However, this birthday tradition was almost cut short two years ago after a car accident.
“My spine was severed and they told me I was never going to walk again,” Salveson said.
However, Salveson had inspiration that pushed him through rehab.
“Every time I took a step it was 5,000 children, 5,000 children that was my motivation,” he said.
Now with every step, this real-life Santa Claus is creating Christmas and touching hearts.
The Port St. Lucie Christmas house is open from six to nine until Dec. 18. On the day after, a police escort will take the toys to different Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the county.
For those who want to see the display and bring a toy, the home is located at 716 SE Walters Terrace in Port St. Lucie.