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Youngest Frazier adds holiday giving to family display

Cooper Frazier, 17-year-old Corinth High School student, spearheads an effort to hold a donation drive every night from now through Christmas as part of his family's massive light and music show display.

Staff photo by Zack Steen

By Zack Steen

Daily Corinthian

Three years ago a Corinth family started doing more with their Christmas decorations.

The traditional wreath and garland turned into a massive, yet tasteful holiday light and music show in front of their historic downtown home. The growing display has "" in a very short time "" become a Christmas tradition for many people in the Crossroads area.

While the community benefits from the display's lasting memories it has helped create, this year the family's youngest son decided even more could be done.

"We've been setting this up for several years, and it just hit me the amount of people who come by here each Christmas," said 17-year-old Cooper Frazier. "Since it is a free show, I thought it would be a good idea to do something more that could really impact a true need in the community "" that could do something good for somebody."

The Corinth High School junior told his mom, Tammi, and dad, decoration mastermind Dr. Randy, about his idea which essentially meant holding a donation drive in the family's front yard every night through Christmas.

"They loved it ... and my mom, she really ran with it and has helped make it happen," said Cooper.

Now the family's old white 1986 Chevrolet pick-up, nicknamed "Big Red", is part of the Christmas display. She's adorned with big bows and vintage-style colored Christmas lights awaiting donations from show watchers.

Cooper picked the AMEN Food Pantry and the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter to benefit from the donation drive because "they always seen to need the most help," he said.

"Hopefully folks coming for the show will also bring a couple of non-perishable items for AMEN or some dog or cat food for the animal shelter," added the teenager. "Folks can just toss the donated items in the bed of the pickup and I will get the items delivered."

The donation truck will be located in front of the Frazier's downtown home during show times which include 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

The show "" which lasts about 20 minutes "" features six holiday songs heard via 97.7 on an FM radio while in front of the home.

Tammi said the new addition this year is a large pixel Christmas tree able to display actual photos and videos.

"It's really cool," she said.

(The Frazier home is located at 609 East Fourth Street between Taylor Street and Webster Street in downtown Corinth. As a courtesy, those viewing the display should turn off their vehicle's headlights. Also to help with traffic, those not viewing the display should avoid Fourth Street from Webster to Taylor during the show.)