Callaway Man Raises Money for Covenant Care Through His Christmas Decorations

CALLAWAY, Fla. - A home in Callaway is drawing a lot of attention all because of the Christmas lights. The home behind me is owned by Joe Melvin. He puts up the lights every year in honor of his wife who passed away.

"She was a very outgoing spirit, anyone who has ever met her just thought the world of her," said director of major gifts for Covenant Care Nanisa Head. 

Jenene Melvin passed away from a stroke in August of 2014 under the care of local non-profit, Covenant Care hospice in Panama City. Anyone who knew her recalls her love for Christmas.

"She really embodied that spirit of Christmas and wanted to make sure everyone was happy and nobody went without and just really loved her family," said Head.

Every year Jenene would transform her home and the yard into a winter wonderland. Now her husband Joe carries out the tradition in her memory. 

"They remember Jenene but they also remember the reason behind Christmas which is family time," said Head.

Since her passing Joe has religiously stood outside through the month of December collecting donations for Covenant Care to say thank you for the care his wife received in her final days. 

"I think it was a great way for him to give back and to find a way to honor his wife's memory. What better way than to provide a venue and avenue for people to not only come celebrate his wife but celebrate family," said Head.

Last year he raised about $7,5000. This year he hopes to top that.

"Joe is persistent. He does whatever it takes to get the job done and he is incredibly passionate," said Head.

On December 16th he will hold a big event from 5-9 p.m. at his home where people can look at the lights, and even meet Santa. His lights will stay on through December. His address is 6818 Omoko St. in Callaway. 


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