CHAMPLIN, Minn. (KMSP) - Peter Brown showed us where his 20-foot-tall clock tower stood until about 5 a.m. on the eve of Christmas Eve, when a group of people showed up and pulled it down, destroying it. Less than 12 hours later, his community came together to build it up again.
Knowing it would have taken several days, Brown didn’t even consider rebuilding it until his neighbors jumped in.
"Defeat. You get the defeat and then you got great neighbors like this who say, no, we want to help you rebuild that thing,” he said.
For five years, his elaborate light display in Champlin, Minn. has brought holiday cheer to his neighborhood, and his neighbors wanted to give a gift in return.
"It's just a beautiful light show. To see it down is really sad so we wanted to make sure it was up for Christmas,” said Blake Loughrey.
Among the strangers who showed up ready to help was a group of young boys who know a thing or two about teamwork: The Champlin Park boys hockey team.
"My mom this morning woke me up at 7 a.m. and said, ‘Sam you're going to go help out today,’” Sam Lee said.
They brought labor, they brought power tools, and they brought spirit.
"I do it for them. I do it for the community, to bring Christmas spirit to the community,” Brown said.