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OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. (WHNT) - Nick Hall has a new reason to add to his grand holiday light show at his family home.

"Wherever my imagination goes is where the stuff goes," said the 16-year-old.

His smile about the display is extra bright even though family surveillance caught a thief taking two of his lawn decorations Thanksgiving night, the first night of the light display that benefits Kids to Love.

The story on the theft reached those who could best help him.

"I really felt his passion for what he was doing, and giving back," said Jason McCann.  He is the president and CEO of Gemmy Industries, a Texas-based company that manufactures thousands of holiday decorations.

McCann saw the story and contacted WHNT News 19 to help fix the display.

"I was surprised that such a big company that makes all these inflatables wanted to reach out and help us," said Hall.

"I think he was totally overwhelmed and surprised," said McCann via Skype. "I sent him a photo of me standing with the stack of boxes that my team put together."

Gemmy overnighted about 10 inflatables to replace the ones that were stolen.  Among them is a Mickey Mouse that stands over 10 feet -- a much larger version of a similar inflatable that was stolen.

The new inflatable stands next to Minnie Mouse Bow-tique, one of Nick's originals that was stolen, and has now been returned by police.

"The police located the stolen inflatables and we received them back," explained Hall.  Police haven't arrested anyone yet, though.

The incident has not stopped Nick's holiday spirit, and McCann says that's what it's all about, and why he and his company got involved.

"You look in that kid's eyes and you see the magic," said McCann. "They light up and get so excited when they see [displays]. I could see that same passion in what Nick was doing for his community."

Learn more about Gemmy here.

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