MIDLAND COUNTY (WJRT) - (12/07/16) - The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Mid-Michigan.
It's a time to share with family, remember the reason for the season and give back.
This Friday, a Midland County woman, and four other families, are opening up their homes for an event called 'Homes for the Holidays'.
The special holiday home tour in the Larkin Meadows subdivision will help others who may not be able to enjoy the holidays at home.
It's put together by Cobblestone Homes and will benefit the oncology department at MidMichigan Health in Midland.
One look around Donna Semanco's home and you can see the Christmas spirit, and memories of her beloved husband Jim, everywhere.
"He loved his tools, and I thought, 'I'll do a tool tree'," Donna said.
The ornaments on the tool tree are Jim's actual tools, carefully hung using twine. He used them to make Donna a couple nativity scenes.
Donna's collection of Russian santas is special too.
"They're all hand painted, and those are very special," Donna said. One set is hand carved and was a gift from Jim.
This will be Donna's second Christmas in her home, and her second Christmas without Jim.
"Jim was only here for two days before he passed away," Donna said.
Lung cancer took Jim last November.
Donna couldn't say no when Cobblestone Homes asked her to be part of 'Homes for the Holidays'.
"Folks will be able to come through and see lights decorated on the inside, outside, with a touch of music," said Matt Sheahan, a home consultant for Cobblestone Homes.
Cobblestone has held this holiday home tour for the past two years. Each time, the oncology department at MidMichigan Health was the beneficiary.
"Cancer has touched all of our lives in one way or another," Sheahan said.
Jim spent time there during his cancer fight.
"You really are treated like you're the only one there getting treatment, which is hardly the case," Donna said.
When you visit Donna’s home, she hopes you'll feel her love for Jim and the reason for the season.
"We're celebrating Christ's birth," Donna said.
'Homes for the Holidays' is this Friday, Dec. 9 from 4-8 p.m.
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