It is very uncommon for residents of the Des Moines area to travel great distances to see the Marks’ Christmas decorations, including their own and their neighbors’ homes, over the course of the year. This year’s Covid-19 tournament was in doubt when Dale had two strokes and a heart attack. A handful of volunteers came to their aid, though.
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Julie Marks, 57 years old, told the reporters, “I knew there was no way I could do it.” She said that Dale, the decorator and lighting designer, is responsible for everything from the tiniest details to the most critical aspects of the event.
As soon as he started to speak about it, I was certain that it was a lie. After hearing about their plight from an everyday buddy, local contractor Bob Coffey and four of his crew went out to rescue them on Monday. In his childhood, he remembers driving through the neighborhood to get a glimpse of the Christmas lights. Dale Marks sat and observed the workers on his front porch as they completed their last touches on the decorations.
He seemed to be looking forward to attending. That way, he’d just stroll away and say something like, “Hey, come here, he needs something over here.” Coffey claimed to need this item at this location. Everything’s all in his head, and he knows exactly where and how it came to be. Coffey said he thanked Marks for the chance to help after the group wrapped up for the day. He and his crew would be returning to the Marks’ residence to install the new decorations. According to Julie Marks, her husband overworked himself on Monday since the cold weather exacerbated his bad cough, so he was taking the day off to rest and restore his endurance.
According to her, she and Dale both had Covid-19 around the middle of September, and she recovered in about two weeks. He suffered two strokes on each side of his brain when he collapsed one night and was taken to the hospital. According to his wife, he had a heart attack while receiving treatment for carotid artery blockages.
Dale Marks spent 28 days in the hospital, according to her. From Thanksgiving night through New Year’s Eve, there will be a nightly parade of vehicles passing through their neighborhood. According to Julie Marks, they raised $7,500 in donations and 1,500 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Iowa last year by taking advantage of the opportunity. For $10, a person can eat for a week, and $5 can save a child from going hungry over the weekend if they give to the Food Bank of Iowa, a spokeswoman for the organization told the media affiliate.
Last year, Dale Marks went door-to-door collecting money and handing out candy canes to customers; this year, his wife thinks he’ll just stay at home and watch from the window. To honor the spirit of Thanksgiving, she declared that they would not turn on their lights until the evening of November 27th. She hopes this year’s food drive will bring in even more donations as a single mother before marrying Dale 30 years ago.