West Chester Teen Sets Up Walkthrough Christmas Display to Help Animals in Need


Gavin Snyder, a sophomore at Rustin High School, has set up a Christmas oasis filled with lights, decorations, and inflatables – all to help animals in need, write Jessica Boyington and Heather Grubola for 6ABC.

“I raise money for the Brandywine Valley SPCA through a walkthrough Christmas display that I do,” he said. “I devote most of my life to this, and this is something I look forward to every year.”

His festive decorations have been collected over a decade. The 47 inflatables include an 18-foot Frosty with a kaleidoscope and a 20-foot Santa.

The 16-year-old does not charge for the experience. Rather, he asks people to leave a donation of their choice in the mailbox. Last year’s display helped him collect $3,000 for the Brandywine Valley SPCA. This year, he is hoping to beat that and raise $3,500. And he even got a special guest to stop by and help him achieve that.

“Next Saturday, Santa will be here visiting, walking around, and if people want to get pictures with Santa, they can,” said Snyder.

His ultimate goal is “to make animals happy and make people happy.”

Read more about Gavin Synder at 6ABC here.