Fort Johnson boy using lights display to help kids who lost parents in Schoharie crash


FORT JOHNSON, N.Y. (WRGB) - You hear the saying ‘it’s better to give than to receive’ a lot this time of year.

In Fort Johnson, a 12-year-old boy is taking that message to heart; and raising money this Christmas for the children who lost their parents in the Schoharie limo crash.

Every year, Trenton Richmond creates an elaborate Christmas lights display around the outside of his entire house. Spectators are asked to give a donation and Trenton always give the money to an organization, charity or other needy cause. This year, he wanted to help these three cousins.

“Right after the tragic event happened, the Schoharie limo crash, I just decided, 'Well, that is really heartbreaking that these kids lost their mothers and fathers who cared for them,” Trenton says.

“He was pretty rocked," says his mother, Amy Richmond. “He really broke down and melted about the children who lost their parents. And of course, he was scared he’d lose us as well.”

Trenton chose to direct his grief and his love of Christmas towards trying to the holidays the best they could be for the children. He’s working towards a goal of $500 and 20 unwrapped gifts.

Everything will go to the daughters of Abby and Adam Jackson and the son of Mary and Robert Dyson. Mary, Abby and their sister, Amy died in the crash.

Their three husbands lost their lives as well. The children left behind are all under the age of 5.

“We hope he will have success with this so he can give joy to these children,” his mother says.

Trenton’s holiday light display is at 1286 County Highway 107 in Fort Johnson.

This drive-thru Christmas experience is open from 6-9 pm through December 22nd.

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