The DeSoto family uses Christmas decorations to raise money for Alzheimer’s research

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A DeSoto family that raised $150,000 for St. Jude on Halloween from visitors who checked out their decorations is back.

This time, they hope to attract Christmas visitors to visit their decorated home and send a small donation for Alzheimer’s research.

Off Shadywood Lane in DeSoto, the yards sit in the dark. But when you pass by, you can’t miss Randy Motes’ house.

“Everything has a story,” he said.

And his story begins here. This is Motes’ childhood home.

“I get teary eyed when we wrap trees because it reminds me and my mom,” he said.

Motes and his wife prepare year-round to decorate the house with thousands of lights, signs and inflatables. All wooden signs are painted in their living room. But some of his favorites date back to the very beginning 20 years ago.

This year, Motes is also raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“I was an only child and my parents were much older. I’ve always been with the older population. I know quite a few people who have suffered from Alzheimer’s disease,” he said.

A QR code is in the front yard for people to donate as they drive by. So far he has raised $2,000. His goal is $20,000.

During Halloween, the Motes yard exceeded any expected goal. His skeleton yard has raised over $150,000 for St. Jude’s Hospital.

LOOK: DeSoto Family Skeleton Home Supports St. Jude

Motes now hopes Christmas traffic will help while brightening the eyes of passers-by.

“Jaws are dropping,” he said. “Kids are like, ‘There’s Santa!'”

Motes says he has more decorations coming, so more will be added before Christmas. It will run until January 5.

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