Christmas comes early for terminally ill girl, thanks to her community

A 16-year-old terminally ill girl in Texas might not get another Christmas, so her town is banding together to celebrate a bit early.

Savannah Lewis of Copperas Cove has a rare form of cancer called Ewing's sarcoma, and her neighbors turned out to mark the season early with the teenager at her home.

Lights and decorations were donated and set up by good Samaritans around the outside of the house so she can see and feel the Christmas spirit and holiday cheer. 

As crews put the finishing touches on the decorations and lights, Lewis got a ride in a horse-drawn carriage around the town at her request.

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$149.6 million – The amount the Salvation Army raised in 2015 during its red kettle donation campaign.


25,000 – The number of Salvation Army red kettles set up nationwide in 2015.

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94 feet – The height of this year’s Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.


50,000 – The number of multi-colored, energy-efficient LED lights on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

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$462,000 – The amount Mariah Carey makes in royalties each year for “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

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$403,000 – The amount the Bing Crosby estate makes in royalties each year for “White Christmas.”

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733 – The number of copyrighted versions of “Silent Night” since 1978. It’s the most recorded Christmas song in the modern era.

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$100 – The hourly wage of starting Santas, while veterans can make as much as $175 to $200 an hour. These wages increase on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


3,000 – The number of women who have performed as a Rockette since the first “Christmas Spectacular” show in 1933.

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300 – The number of Rockette kicks per “Christmas Spectacular” show.


1659-1681 – The years when it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in Boston and could be fined five shillings.

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1914 – The year when German and Allied troops along the Western front stopped fighting on Christmas Eve and sang carols across the battlefield.

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$55.1 million – The amount of money that “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” movie with Jim Carey made on its opening weekend. That’s the most for holiday movies.

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$285.8 million – The amount of money that “Home Alone” has made in its lifetime, which is No. 1 among holiday movies.

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9 – The average number of presents that a man wraps in a typical December holiday season.

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20.3 – The average number of presents a woman wraps in a typical December holiday season.
44 – The percentage of companies planning to give holiday gifts or cash to employees this year. The median amount is $45 per employee.
9 – The number of cities and towns in the U.S. with festive names: Mount Holly, North Carolina, Holly Springs, Mississippi; Snowflake, Arizona;  Santa Claus, Indiana; North Pole, Alaska; Noel, Missouri; Dasher, Georgia; Rudolph, Wisconsin.; and Peace, North Dakota.

14 – The number of gifts the average shopper will buy this holiday season.

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822.6 – The number of visits Santa has to make per second on Christmas in order to reach every household.

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650 MPS – The speed that Santa’s sleigh must travel to make all of those visits, which is over 3,000 times the speed of sound.

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Doctors have told the parents of the girl that there is little they can do at this point to treat Lewis. 

“We don't know if we have days or weeks — Christmas at the most — it's not good,” her father, David, told KWTX. 

The gathering meant the world to Savannah, who had a message for her community. 

“Thank you so much for doing all this for me," she said in the emotional message. "You don't know how much it means. I'm not going to get another holiday like this. So for this one to be done the way it's being done, makes it so much more special, and I can't thank you enough.”


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