Volunteers help continue light display tradition

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Cathy Athens shows volunteers how they can help set up her Douglas Lane yard to be a winter wonderland.

A team from Grateful Deeds, Inc., Sol Adventurers Foundation, the Weed High School Cheerleading Squad, Weed High School Cougar Swim Team and the College of the Siskiyou Football Team came together last month to help bring holiday cheer to the Mt. Shasta area.

The volunteers worked to help David and Cathy

Athens to set up their massive holiday light display on Douglas Lane in Mount Shasta.

For the past 11 years, the couple has turned their yard into a winter wonderland with more than 100,000 lights, trees, yards and yards of garland and scores of cartoon characters. Santa visits on Friday and Saturday nights and the public is invited to have a cup of hot chocolate. Children get a free toy and adults are welcome to take their drink to go in a holiday mug.

“As Cathy and David are getting older they reached out for some help from the community,” said Ericsson Brioso Sierra, who heads Grateful Deeds. “This loving couple receives so much joy seeing the smiles and excitement on the faces on all who visit. Putting all this together takes a lot of work so some area organizations came together to give back to this couple who have been giving so much of themselves.”

The volunteers spent the day stringing sparkly garland on the poles, setting up and fluffing Christmas trees, arranging the cartoon characters and more all while listening to Christmas carols and getting in the festive mood, said Brioso Sierra.

“It felt really good to give back and for the youth to be a part of creating this Christmas Wonderland they have been experiencing for many years,” he said.

Athens Country Christmas will light up the season starting on Friday evening, Nov. 29 at 936 Douglas Lane in Mount Shasta.

Editor's note: Cathy and Dave Athens are longtime employees of the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers. Cathy has worked in the composing department for two decades, and Dave does maintenance and delivery of our Siskiyou County newspapers.