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Lawn decoration lifts spirits
Spenser Hill stands by a red pickup decorated on West Colville Street. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

The Gribble family celebrated Christmas 2019 with a unique yard decoration at their residence on West Colville Street. 

“We were in Florida on vacation and the idea came to me,” said Shelba Gribble. “I told Mark that I know what we’re doing when we get home. We’re going to put Red in the front yard and decorate it.”

Red is a 1987 Toyota pickup that has seen better days, but it’s still adored by the couple’s great nephew Spenser Hill.

“We going to blow up a picture of Spencer and put it in the window,” said Shelba. “Everybody knows Spenser. He loves basketball. In the back of the truck we’ll put a Christmas tree. It’ll look like he’s driving and bringing us a tree.”

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from neighbors and people in the community,” said Mark. “We had a bus stop on the street. It stopped so everyone can see the decoration. We’ve had people walk into the yard to get a better look at it.” 

Spenser, 21, was born with Down syndrome, a disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. At the age of 15, he was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent treatment.

Spencer loves country music, basketball and Red.

“Spenser will never be able to drive, but he loves this truck,” said Mark. “He keeps asking me when he can have it. He was delighted to see this decoration. He loved it.” 

The Christmas yard decoration will stay up until Jan. 2.