A family from Foster in need of a little holiday cheer this Christmas was given the gift of lights.

Christmas Décor by SeaScape once again partnered with Friends Way Bereavement Center to surprise a local family with a Christmas display.

Friends Way has been helping Lilly Cunniff, 11, and her 9-year-old sister Myla cope with the death of their older brother, Alex, who passed away suddenly in 2020, and also the loss of their grandmother, who died of COVID-19 in 2021.

“It has been tough. We try to see the good part in things but it’s still very tough,” said the girls’ mother, Claudia Cunniff.

It’s the third year Christmas Décor has partnered with Friends Way to donate a display to a local family. The partnership is the brainchild of Seth Wilson – SeaScape’s marketing director and manager of the Christmas Décor division. Sadly, Seth passed away right before Thanksgiving after a battle with cancer. Despite his passing, the tradition continued.

“Seascape really wants to continue this legacy on and that’s what he would want,” said Friends Way Program Director, Ryan Loiselle. “I think having Christmas lights and being able to shine some lights during a really sad holiday season hopefully helps. Trying to find joy in celebrating is really hard so having somebody do it for you is a lot easier.”

Channel 10’s Sam Read was there when Lilly and Myla were surprised by the lights. You can watch the story on Turnto10.com »