Vandals destroy Ascension Parish Christmas light displays
ASCENSION PARISH- A Dutchtown community is rebuilding and replacing thousands of dollars worth of lights after vandals ransacked an entire neighborhood's Christmas displays.
It happened overnight Friday in the Old Dutchtown subdivision off Highway 74 in Ascension Parish.
Scott Raposo's elaborate display of 57,000 lights was hit.
"We came out here and it looked like a small tornado had come through," he says.
Neighbors estimate anywhere from twenty to forty displays were ruined.
"Not only are you hurting parents, you're hurting kids. Christmas lights, you know it's a big deal for them," says Brandon Ortego. " For them to have their Christmas lights torn down it breaks the kids hearts they had kids crying this morning," he adds.
Instead of giving up, this tragedy brought the tight knit community even closer.
"At first there was some anger and then pretty quickly everyone pulled together. People whom I've never even met came to help," says Raposo.
Dozens of kids, friends, and some who were once strangers spent hours helping their neighbors get their their light back up and running.
"The good guys gotta win it's that simple if we let the bad guys win, we'll never amount to anything," says Raposo.
The neighborhood is held a bake sale Saturday night to raise money for people who are rebuilding their light displays.
Raposo's home won this week's Lights Before Christmas contest. His family entered before the display was destroyed.