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Friends, family lend woman helping hand

Kathy Williams is seen in front of her house at 104 Harding St., which family and friends pitched in to help decorate.

Kathy Williams is seen in front of her house at 104 Harding St., which family and friends pitched in to help decorate.

ALBANY — Who says the spirit of giving only comes around at Christmas? For one Albany woman, charitable goodwill has arrived early this year — and is a gift that keeps on giving.

Kathy Williams, of 104 Harding St., has always found a lot of joy in decorating her home for the holidays. From Christmas to July 4 and Halloween, along with every holiday in between, Williams’ home is sure to always reflect the changing seasons.

However, health problems during the past year have recently prevented Williams from being able to do what she loves. So, her friends and family decided to lend a helping hand.

With tears in her eyes, Williams spoke of neighborhood friends coming to her house to decorate her house for her.

“I start to get upset when I think about it. The way my family and friends have helped me out just means so much to me,” she said.

And decorating Williams’ house is no small task. From ground to rooftop, no spot on the property lays uncovered from ghoulishly delightful decor.

“We started decorating around Oct. 10th, and keep adding things throughout the season,” Williams said.

“Friends in the neighborhood know that decorating helps me keep my spirits up,” she added. “When they realized I could no longer do it alone, they came over to help me.”

If the results at Williams’ house are any indicator, then it’s obvious that two (or more) are always better than one. A few friends who gathered together to help someone in need resulted in helping this entire neighborhood feel special. And that’s always a nice gift, no matter what time of year.

As Williams noted, “To know that people care enough to do something like that for you — it sure makes you feel good.”

Trick-or-treaters are welcome to visit Williams at her home on Halloween night, from 4-7 p.m.