Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana is giving you a chance to own a colorful piece of Fort Wayne history.
Today its workshop will start packaging some of the nearly 24,717 light bulbs that gave the Wolf & Dessauer Santa Claus and reindeer display its happy glow.
Just before the 2008 Christmas season, the light bulbs were replaced with longer-lasting LED lights and the incandescent bulbs donated to Easter Seals Arc for its 55th anniversary fundraiser.
Santa first took flight in 1940 on the old Wolf & Dessauer department store downtown. Now he and his eight reindeer (Rudolph apparently had a sick day) hang on the north side of the National City Bank building each Christmas season.
Some of Easter Seals Arc’s clients, who have developmental disabilities, will help prepare and package the bulbs, which will be cleaned, attached to a ring, and decaLed.
The bulbs will be available close to Thanksgiving for $8 each or in a package of all six colors for $50. Only 100 of the six-light packages will be available, said Tony Belton, Easter Seals Arc’s public relations coordinator. They’ll be sold at Anne’s Hallmark stores, Riegel’s Pipe & Tobacco stores and National City Bank branches in Fort Wayne, he said.