When his wife suggested they put raised garden beds in their yard, Real Changemaker Daniel Smith wanted to make an impact that could be seen from airplanes and Google Earth. “You know, like some people do eyes or patterns? I wanted it to stand out and make people smile,” he said. “So, can you tell what it is?
“It’s the leg lamp from ‘A Christmas Story.’” Currently, the lights are a holiday-season bonus, “but I hope my wife will agree to leave them up year ’round.”
Smith is festive in other ways, too. He volunteers his time as a Santa who’s up for engaging with people and their pets.
Here is their yard in Seattle’s Skyway neighborhood, photographed from a drone, and Smith, pictured with the couple’s corgi.
Read more of the Dec. 16-22, 2020 issue.