OSHKOSH (NBC 26) — A 12-year-old Oshkosh boy made the holidays a bit brighter with his charity Christmas light display.
For the past six years, Brody Enli, a sixth grader at ALPS Charter School, has decorated the outside of his family’s home with lights for Christmas. For the third year, he decided to use his talents to raise money for charity.
Brody’s Christmas Lights for Charity ran nightly from Nov. 24 to January 1, with a musically synchronized light show that Enli created.
This year's light show, when combining on-site collections with matching funds from Kobussen Buses and another local foundation, donated $2,760 to the Oshkosh Kids Foundation, a local charity who help children of homeless or struggling families find stable housing, successful education and a post-secondary path to self-sufficient lives.
In addition, 163 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected at the show to donate to the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry. And 477 new or gently used children’s books were also collected to be distributed to local agencies through the Oshkosh Area United Way.
"I was really amazed at how generous everyone was with their donations and really makes me happy to know that I'm able to help so many people," Enli said.
Since starting Brody’s Christmas Lights for Charity in 2019, his efforts have led to the donation of more than $8,100 and 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to Oshkosh area charities.
Enli said he's excited about growing his Christmas Light Show in the future and spreading holiday cheer, while raising money for charity. He is already making plans for his 2022 light show.