Tours of Sebo home will raise funds for church youth group

Guided tours of Bob and Linda Sebo’s Salem home are planned.

SALEM — Residents can see more than just the street view of the Sebo Christmas lights during guided tours Dec. 13 and 16 inside the gate and throughout the beautifully decorated home.

“Our gracious hosts have opened their home for the holidays. Come see it like never before,” tour organizer Shane Gibson said.

Gibson and his wife Linda serve as advisors for T.H.U.G.s (True Heroes Under God), a youth group from Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Salem. The group’s trying to raise funds for 10 youth members and two adult advisors to attend the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas from June 27 through July 1.

Bob and Linda Sebo heard about their quest and agreed to let them offer tours of their home and the grounds for two nights.

Advanced purchase tickets are $25 per person (both child and adult) and can be ordered by filling out a form that can be found on Facebook at Home for the Holiday- Tour, writing a check made payable to Emmanuel Lutheran Church and then mailing it to 846 Heritage Lane, Salem, Ohio 44460.

Gibson said even if people don’t have the form, they can fill out a piece of paper that includes their name, address, phone/text, email, how many and their first and second preference for tour dates and times.

Times available include Dec. 13 at 5:30, 6, 7:30 and 8 p.m. (6:30 and 7 p.m. already sold out) or Dec. 16 at 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8 or 8:30 p.m. If tours fill up, more times may be added)

Gibson urged people to order their tickets now because there will be limited slots available at the door which will cost $30 and be standby only.

All tours meet in the cafeteria at Salem High School where cookies and hot chocolate will be provided prior to tours. Tourists are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their tour time. The Salem trolley will transport people to the Sebo home and bring them back to the high school. The trolley is the only way to go on the tour.

Anyone with questions or orders can contact Shane at 330-277-6049 or his wife Linda at 330-853-8242 or email at

Gibson said a confirmation email or text or phone call will be sent once a check is received. Students who plan to go to Houston will act as tour guides accompanied by an adult. People will see inside the gate and tour the first floor and ground floor of the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Sebo.

The goal is to raise $9,000 to cover the costs for all 10 youth members. Any excess will be donated to organizations in Houston still in need of help after the hurricane that occurred this fall. While attending the youth conference, the members of T.H.U.G.s will do service projects, whether it’s trash removal or picking up debris left from the storm.

“There’s a lot of opportunities for us,” Gibson said.

The kids are excited both for the chance to serve and go to Houston and for the Home for the Holiday tour.

“Just come on out and have a good time,” he said.