New West family brings light to gloomy days

A local family is hoping to bring a bit of light to its neighbourhood amid the doom and gloom of the COVID-19 crisis.

Adrian Fehr and his family normally go all out with lights on their Robson Street home every Christmas, and they recently put some lights up at the request of a neighbour.

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“Our neighbour was feeling kinda blue, as are quite a few people, and she asked if we could put up some Christmas lights,” Fehr said in an email to the Record. “She can see our home from her bedroom window and can see when we have lights up. We love lighting our home every December - it brightens the gloom and makes people feel happy.”

Instead of candy canes and Santas, the light display adoring the Brow of the Hill home has a simple message: love.

“We were thinking of putting up just a few strings of lights but instead made something to remind her and everyone of the love still out there.  The love of family, friends, neighbours and communities. The love and appreciation for everyone who goes to work every day so the rest of us can stay home in safety,” Fehr said. “It's not much – what we could do with materials on hand, a small gesture maybe, but a sincere one.  We are so very fortunate to live in the community and country that we do, and part of that good fortune comes from the people who care for each other and help keep us all safe, warm and comfortable.”

While it’s a small thing, Fehr said his family hopes the lights make the day brighter for their neighbours.

 And that’s just what they’ve done.

Neighbour Lynda Fletcher-Gordon appreciates the family’s efforts to bring light to the doom and gloom of COVID-19. 

“Last night, I came out of my house to walk my dogs.  I looked up and saw his wonderful light display. I work with the Purpose Society and, right now, the days are long and hard as many people are hungrier and more desperate than usual,” she said in an email to the Record. “Seeing this light display lifted my tired spirits and made me very happy.”


If you’re in the neighbourhood, the house is at 609 Robson Ave. – just off Sixth Street near Third Avenue.

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