PLAINVILLE – A local homeowner has decorated her yard with several 12 foot skeletons, not only to catch the eye and celebrate the spirit of the season, but also to encourage passers-by to make donations to a good cause: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Danielle Alfonso has always gone all out with holiday decorations, especially for Halloween. When she saw the 12 foot skeletons being sold at Home Depot, she knew she had to have them.
Alfonso soon became aware of a Facebook group, “Skeletons for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” which was using the impressive decorations to raise money across the country.
“When I heard about it, I said ‘why not participate and help out?’ No kid should suffer and I’m glad to do anything I can to help out.”
Alfonso said there are 215 locations participating in the fundraiser across the U.S. including one in Alaska.
“So far, between all of the locations, we have raised $32,000 this year,” she said. “Our goal is to raise $45,000.”
People can either donate through the Facebook group, or through a QR code which Alfonso has put on a sign near her skeleton decorations.
Members of the Facebook group also created a system to alert one another when the skeleton decorations became available.
“They have become an obsession for people,” she said. “They released July 14 and sold out the next day. There have also been shipping issues due to covid. I had to drive an hour-and-a-half to get mine at 8:30 a.m., 15 minutes before the store closed.”
Successful in her hunt, Alfonso’s yard features four of the giant skeletons. It is joined by a pumpkin-headed creature called “Inferno” that lights up at night, a six-foot skeleton horse and several smaller skeletons. Two of the large skeletons are holding the hands of a smaller skeleton to represent a family.
If this year’s fundraiser is successful, Alfonso aims to keep it going.
“This was the first year it was done nationally and so far it has worked out,” she said. “I care about the cause and I’m sure other people will also want to continue doing it.”
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