Entire Town Throws Early Christmas for Dying Boy
Devin Kohlman can see 'winter wonderland' from his window
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2013 8:16 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Port Clinton, Ohio, sounds like a pretty incredible town. Devin Kohlman, one of its own, is dying of brain cancer, and he may not live long enough to see Christmas this year. So the 13-year-old's hometown has come together to start the holiday season early for him. Toledo News Now reports that "seriously everyone" in Port Clinton is participating. Christmas lights are everywhere, Walmart is donating presents to the family, and Devin has a view of a "winter wonderland" he can see from his hospital bed, which is positioned near his apartment's bay window.

That window looks out onto an adjacent park, where a star bearing the words "Merry Christmas Devin" hangs, and where a Christmas tree donated by the mayor has been erected, reports the Port Clinton News Herald. Hundreds of his neighbors dressed in Christmas colors and gathered across the street to sing carols for him on Monday. "I'm really glad that everyone came out here because [Devin's] probably sitting in there with a really big smile on his face, happy that everyone came out here," said one of his classmates. Devin came home from the hospital Sunday night, and he was escorted by a parade dubbed "Operation Bright and Loud" involving neighbors, police, firefighters, and more than 100 vehicles, The Beacon reports.

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Oct 31, 2013 7:36 PM CDT
Ahh...a taste of what was America before the liberals ruined it. Thanks for the memories!
Oct 31, 2013 10:07 AM CDT
What a disappointment to read a story of a heartwarming act of kindness only to have it ruined by a bunch of ignorant comments. This story isn't about whether or not God exists, bullying, or the origin of Christmas. It's about a city coming together to make the last days of a dying child the best they can be. Get over yourselves people!!!! This town did an amazing thing for a child. We should all be happy to read stories like this instead of all of the depressing things we read every time we turn on the news.
N. Michael Berger
Oct 31, 2013 1:39 AM CDT
This is what SMALL TOWN America was like when I was that age. Everyone PULLING TOGETHER.