Greystone Court residents light up the holidays with annual display
What started out as a display of holiday cheer is now a decades-long tradition of giving for the residents of Greystone Court in east Medford.
For the last 24 years, neighbors have set up breathtaking Christmas displays on their front lawns.
Visiting the street in December has become a tradition for locals-- drawing crowds on foot and a line of cars that sometimes goes on for miles.
But for the past 19 years, the display has also helped families in need in the Rogue Valley by supporting ACCESS.
Since donations first began, residents have collected more than 136,000 thousand pounds of food and about $322,000 in donations for the organization.
There's no contract, no agreement nor any requirement that states Greystone residents have to contribute to the display. Yet, every year, every neighbor comes together to make it happen.
"It's just such a beneficial thing for the community that we just can't not do it," said seven-year resident Richard Stamper.
Eric Smith, one of two original homeowners on the block, said it all began as your typical holiday festivities. Then, it quickly grew into something spectacular.
Smith installs all the lights on his house himself. It's a task that takes him about 15 hours, but if you ask him, he'll tell you it's changed how he views Christmas all together.
"It's made it more special," he said. "We're doing something that's a very worthy cause."
Just a few doors down, the Winters family looks at the decorations as something that brings them together.
After Thanksgiving, the family of four spends two days decking out their house. And when all the lights are up, they take frequent walks around the neighborhood.
"It's just beautiful. We joke that it's like living in Downtown Disney," said Kimberly Winters.
So whether by car or by foot, visitors keep coming to the neighborhood escape the every day and, even if just for a moment, feel the magic of the holidays.
The official food drive on Greystone Court runs from December 21st to Christmas Eve from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food and/or cash donations. They are also welcome to enjoy a free candy cane and snap a picture with Santa Clause.