Police brighthen tragedy stricken neighborhood

Posted at 11:20 AM, Dec 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-13 12:20:00-05

A neighborhood, darkened by a tragedy, was brought light Saturday with strings of hope from the Omaha Police Department.


"The light, deters crime," said Shayna Ray, captain of the Omaha Police Department's northwest precinct.


The Bluffs at Cherry Hills now glows and glimmers, with lights that were donated. Last week, a mother and her 2-year old daughter were killed in their home at the bluffs. At an Omaha 360 meeting Wednesday, OPD called for the communities help, asking for lights and extension cords to "brighten the Bluffs" at Cherry Hills.


"There are tragedies that happen," said Suzette Perry, a volunteer, "but there are more people that want to help."


"It's something we can do, to give people a little more hope," said Perry.


Holidynamics, a holiday decorating company, offered their time this weekend to help out.


"Them knowing that we're here, that we're here to support them. I don't know that it can fix that issue, but it can bring some cheer in a time like this, when the holidays should bring cheer," said Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Holidynamics Erik Terkelsen, "that's what we're here to do."


Even kids took part in the decorating. Ten-year-old Cayla Waite spent her afternoon decorating the neighborhood.


We're here to show that there is good in the world, and that people are here for you, to help you through rough times," said Waite.


Spreading holiday cheer, through thick and thin.