Neighbors come together in Anahuac to create Christmas surprise

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Thursday, December 1, 2016
Christmas surprise
Christmas surprise for little girl who lost her mother in crash.

CHAMBERS COUNTY, TX (KTRK) -- A very special Christmas moment in a small neighborhood in Chambers County.

A little girl, dreaming of Christmas and everything that comes along with it: the decorations, the lights, the magic.

It all came together tonight thanks to a community determined to deliver a surprise in honor of her mother, killed in a crash a few days ago.

They worked for hours in Anahuac to create a winter wonderland for Hadley, who now has to grow up without her mother Carlie Berry, 21.

Carlie was killed Saturday in a car crash.

"Cracly left behind a two-year-old daughter who would say to my sister, look at the lights, all the lights," Amy May, Carlie's aunt said.

Amy decided to go to Facebook - she got a slew of donations and dozens of people stopping by to help put them up.

The family was able to keep Hadley away all evening while the decorations went up, until finally the time came.

When Hadley saw the display, she lit up. There wasn't a dry eye as people gathered to see the finished product.

The community was, in their way, letting Carlie know her little girl is in good hands.

There is also a scholarship fund set up for Hadley. Her mother is set to be laid to rest Friday in Anahuac.