Community gives back to Wilson man

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

WILSON, Okla. -- While for most of us Christmas day means bringing cheer to family and friends, for Bo and Be Ward of Wilson, Oklahoma it means receiving good tidings from strangers.

"I got the biggest surprise of my life."

That's what Bo Ward says about the outpouring of support this Christmas.

Bo has been in a hospital style bed in the kitchen of his home, since June.

Suffering from emphysema and other health problems, this year, Bo is unable to hang the Christmas decorations he's famous for in his Wilson neighborhood.

So the people of Wilson, Oklahoma and surrounding areas decided to bring Christmas to him by putting a six foot tree in the Ward's front yard.

"I didn't have any idea they were gonna do all that, but they did and I'm enjoying every bit of it," said Bo.

And it didn't stop there. So many people came by, Bo's wife Be says it wasn't long before the six foot tree was full of ornaments.

"They put a pretty good size tree, I was thinkg probably not going to be enough, so I was going to go shopping to make it pretty for him. But within three days, it was already leaning," Be said.

So relatives put up another tree, this one 16 feet high. Ironic, Be says, because she and Bo had no intention of putting up Christmas decorations this year.

"This is the first year we didn't even put lights on the house," said Be.

Up until a few years ago, people would come from all over, just to see the elaborate light display at the Ward house. Bo built wooden figures by hand, and painted them. But after almost 30 years, the Wards decided to retire their decorations, since it was too hard on Bo's failing health.

"Too much for him to do, so this year we said no lights."

Now, all Bo has to do is look out his window.

"Its been extra really enjoyable," Bo Ward said.

"Grateful because its made him happy. Feel good, good Christmas, I said I didn't get him anything because we don't need anything, but the people gave him something he really need, It's been great," Be Ward said.


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