Happy Holidays everyone, I hope you are getting into the Holiday spirit. If not hopefully this week I can help by sharing some information on an amazing holiday light show by one of our friends and fellow collectors who has also created a custom pressed coin design. Let’s take a closer look at the Lights on Apache Drive by Bob Frazier and his family.
Bob has been with and worked for the Independence Missouri Fire Department for over 34 years which is an incredible milestone. Their holiday display started about 20 years ago as just some lights on their roof and a few inflatable in the front yard. Then over the years it got bigger and bigger.
About 5 years ago the show evolved into what you see today. Currently their show includes 15,000 l.e.d. pixel lights and about 25 animated props all set to music.
Visitors can tune their car radios to 100.3 FM and enjoy the show from the warms of their cars. On warmer evenings kids will stand out on the sidewalk and dance to the lights and music. If you are in the area please be sure to stop by and check out this amazing show which is located at 911 N. Apache Drive Independence Missouri.
Four years ago they added the Santa and Friends events. On Saturday evenings Santa makes an appearance with Mrs. Claus and all their friends. Every child who comes by gets one on one time with Santa, has their picture taken, and also gets a candy cane.
The pictures are placed on the events facebook page making them available for parents to download afterwards as a nice keepsake of their visit. During these Santa event nights hot chocolate and cookies are also available to all who stop by.
Three year ago they started the Santa letters box. Every child who leaves a letter in the Santa mailbox gets a personalized letter from Santa mailed to their home. All of this is completely free of charge to guests which is such an unbelievable gesture from Bob and his family.
Each year visitors were always offering to donate towards the show which recently sparked and idea among the family. Bob’s youngest daughter has volunteered at Camp Moja for over 15 years. This is a week long summer camp for adults with intellectual disabilities. About 3 years ago they started accepting donations at the Santa events with all proceeds going directly to the camp.
As I’m sure you can tell Bob is always coming up with new ideas to enhance their show, and recently with his love of pressed pennies he thought that would make for another fun addition. In 2019 with Paul Connor’s help Bob designed the first pressed penny called “Lights on Apache Drive”
For 2020 they changed it up a bit. A large portion of the campers have Autism, and so they decided to c create an Autism Awareness penny design.
Down Syndrome is also very prevalent at the camp, and for this years 2021 design they chose Down Syndrome Awareness.
Every child that visits Santa receives a pressed penny. Bob also made the design not just on a US Cent, but also as a denomination set of coins which he makes available to the elongated coin community. Our fellow collectors have been amazing, and the donations collected for the coins is almost as much as they collect from the guests visiting the light show in person.
The suggested donation for the penny is $3 each, 2 for $5, or 5 for $10 plus $1 shipping for each 5 coins. The denomination set includes a penny, nickel, dome and quarter are available for a donation of $20 plus $2 shipping. The denomination sets are limited to only 40 sets so be sure to act fast if you are interested. Bob also let me know that the 2019 and 2020 penny designs are still available if you would like to acquire the entire set for your collection. Of course these are only suggested amounts and no donation will be reused no matter how big or how small. They have setup special PayPal and Venmo accounts to accept donations by using the account email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about their holiday light show or about Camp Moja I have included the links here. Lastly I have included Bob’s email: email@example.com should you have any questions or would like to reach out to him directly.
Now on a personal note I want to take a moment to really Thank Bob and his Family for this entire event. As you can see from the pictures above this is a huge undertaking they do for not just their own enjoyment, but also for their community, as well as to benefit Camp Moja. I was honored when Bob reached out and asked if we would put together a YouTube video which you can check out here as well as this post to help share this information with as many friends as we can. My family had a lot of fun putting this video together and I hope you will take a few minutes to check it out. Also please reach out and let Bob know what a truly incredible job he and his family have done. Be sure to pick up a set of these coins for your own collection, and know that your donation is going to a great cause.
Happy Holidays everyone, Keep on Pressing and I hope you enjoyed a quick look at the amazing Lights on Apache Drive.