Family receives holiday light donation after theirs were stolen

The Grushon home in Miamisburg is now merry and bright after a man donated his lights to replace their stolen ones.

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – Last week 2 NEWS reported a Miamisburg family whose Christmas lights were stolen, darkening their holiday spirit.

A viewer saw that report and wanted to turn things around. Tuesday night he donated lights his family has collected over the years.

A week ago, Patty Grushon’s husband surprised her and their four year old grandson Eli by decorating the bushes in the front yard with Christmas lights.

She says they were lit for an hour, before someone stole them while they were home.

Thieves, took their lights as well as their holiday cheer.

“It really bummed him out that somebody stole the lights off his Maw-maw’s house,” said Patty Grushon about her grandson.

On Tuesday, a visitor stopped by their Miamisburg home to bring back the Christmas spirit.

Looking to downsize, a man who wants to remain anonymous, brought over a tote full of holiday lights his family used to decorate with.

“He said that it was so heavy that he goes you don’t want to lift this. Let me. I’m like whoa, then when he opened up the box I was like, ‘wow’,” said Grushon.

The Grushon’s weren’t the only house on the block to have their lights taken.

Miamisburg chief of police, John Sedlak was there to see the donation, and says a few other homes on Park Avenue filed similar reports.

“I think in most cases it’s more of a vandalism kind of thing or a prank than it is actually taking them to use for yourself,” Sedlak said.

“I’m just so thrilled and excited that it touched that gentleman’s heart. That he, lives I think in Centerville and he took time out of his day to come to my house and deliver those lights. How awesome. I can’t thank him enough,” said Grushon.

Chief Sedlak told the homeowners that police will be patrolling their street more, to prevent the lights from being stolen again. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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