What started as a hobby around the holidays became a way for one Ridgway man to give back to the community.
Trains, skating rinks, and even a carnival make up the displays filling Jack Cleaver’s basement in Ridgway.
It’s a collection that’s been growing for around 30 years.
“I always add a piece or two,” Cleaver said. “I rearranged one section, kind of built a mountain for it.”
For the last 10 years, Jack Cleaver attracts hundreds from around the area to his house each year to see his Christmas village displays.
He said he can’t pick one piece that’s his favorite, though one thing his display has a lot of:
“You know, I’m a dog lover, there are a lot of scenes, vignettes, with dogs and so forth. You’ll find dogs everywhere.”
So it is only fitting that this year’s donations will be going to the Ridgway Animal Haven.
“When Jack did something like this, is where this wonderful, wonderful display that the community can enjoy and at the same time can make a donation, that is fabulous,” Veronica Conrad with the Ridgway Animal Haven said.
The Animal Haven is an organization that’s building a place to take in stray and abused animals in Ridgway.
“With doing this, we can hold them longer until we can find a forever home for them,” Conrad said.
All the money raised from Cleaver’s display will get them a step closer to completing the project.
The Christmas display can be found at 1507 Front Street, Ridgway, Pa. and will be open the following dates and times:
Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
For for information on the display, visit Ridgway Animal Haven’s Facebook page.