When I woke up, I was in Berry and I was at the Milko's house. We knocked
on the door, and it was a little bit late, but as soon as the family heard it was me,
they all came outside for a visit. It was lovely!
This is their front yard. There's a milk-crate-maze on the other side of the driveway and a milk-crate man sits on their garage roof! It's fun!
This is me, with Trevor, Renae and the boys. xxx
It makes us feel so loved
when we see something like this.
The family really are lovely and they were very excited to see me. The boys gave Mum some candy canes for me. They are delicious!
You should check out
their Christmas lights
if you're near Clarence St, Berry.
And, every Friday and Saturday night, they have the milk out in a freezer.
You donate coins to one of three things - Dexter, the local school
or the local pre-school.
Go along, see the lights, say hello and enjoy the fun.
Don't forget to buy some milk, too! Ours was icy cold last night!
Thanks, guys! xx
Family's Christmas display for Dexter
By JESSICA LONG Dec. 6, 2013, 8:55 a.m.
FOR many, Christmas is about giving something back to the community and that’s exactly what it’s all about for one milk-loving family from Berry.
The Clarkes from Clarence Street have spent more than 20 hours, used more than 1000 milk crates and 2000 screws to make a brilliant, architectural Christmas display on their front lawn, but it’s not all about the decorating.
When Renee Clarke heard the plight of Kiama two-year-old Dexter Heffernan she was determined to lend a helping hand.
With her husband Trevor in the milk industry and two very enthusiastic boys of their own, together they made their unique Christmas display bigger than ever to try and raise money for brave little Dexter.
Mrs Clarke said she was touched by the child’s story and her heart went out to his parents.
“Dexter’s parents said they are hoping to bring him down in the next fortnight to meet us,” Mrs Clarke said.
“We just want to get the word out, so we can help them as much as possible.”
Dexter was born nine weeks premature and diagnosed with level four spastic quadriplegia at just one-month-old.
He does therapy with his mother every day and a private therapist visits him once a fortnight.
Dexter’s vision impairment is said to have been caused from his brain damage and some days he can’t see much at all.
In June 2012, Dexter was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma liver cancer. He has had six rounds of chemotherapy and will need regular check-ups, scans and blood tests.
Dexter’s mother Lenice said the past two years had been difficult but they had been lucky to have met some kind-hearted, genuine people.
“Our lives are richer because we have Dexter,” she said.
“We appreciate everyone who loves our little boy.
“Your love makes the hard days just that little bit better.”
Mrs Clarke’s eldest son Connor said helping to build the display for Dexter was fun and rewarding. Especially when he saw how much the younger children enjoy it.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting Dexter,” he said.
From the milk crates, provided by Dairy Famers, where Trevor works, the Clarkes have made a replica of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Santa sleigh and reindeer, robot Santa, Christmas tree, aeroplane and a fun maze - especially designed by children, for children.
Mr Clarke said their inventive decorating began when his wife made a Christmas tree with the crates a few years back and he was determined to out-do her creativity.
The Clarkes will give away flavoured milks until Sunday and from Friday, December 13 to Sunday, December 15 from 5pm to 9pm for a gold coin donation, which will be given directly to Dexter and his family.
Read the article on-line and see the photo taken by the newspaper.