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National Grid helps light up the Ronald McDonald House

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Albany/HV: National Grid helps light up the Ronald McDonald House
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One holiday project tackled by a local company on Monday could not have been any more appropriate and it's going to light up the faces of a lot of families who need it. YNN's Geoff Redick has the story.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Usually, when you see orange cones scattered around these trucks, with this logo it means something's come undone.

"You know, we're kind of in the business to connect energy sources to consumers, but today, we're connecting our employees to our community," said Bill Flaherty of National Grid.

And connecting holiday spirit to those in need of it.

"We have not had this done in a number of years," said Jeff Yule of the Ronald McDonald House.

Like a couple dozen Clark Griswolds from "Christmas Vacation," a National Grid crew Monday decorated the Ronald McDonald House with thousands of lights and ribbons.

Yule said, "It's going to put a smile on our families' face when they come home every night from the hospital and it'll be a nice reminder for them that there's people out there, in the fight with them."

In true power company style, the lights used Monday were all energy-efficient LEDs.

"LED lights use only about one-tenth of the energy of traditional mini-plastic bulbs," said Tom Baron of National Grid.

And those lights, along with the trucks and the labor, were all donated.

Yule said, "An offer we eagerly accepted, because it'll mean a lot to our families."

Flaherty said, "Ronald McDonald House does a great service to the community here and our employees are more than willing to help out."

For the pay off, look no further than Ashley Dempsey, a young brain tumor patient in her third month living at the house.

"I like it, it's really nice. It...it gives the house like a Christmas feeling. It's really nice," Dempsey said.

Flaherty said, "To hear her talk to our employees and how brave she was, that's really what it's all about. If we can just put a few lights up and make a girl like her happier, you know, that's why we're here."

Because all the lights in the world, couldn't match a child's smile.

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