For the past 22 years, an enormous Christmas tree lit with thousands of glowing specks has been a living memorial for friends and family members whose lives were cut short or affected by illness.
The Tree of Love will be lighted at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 outside the central lobby of the McDuffie Regional Medical Center. The tree is now in its 23rd year of offering a way to pay tribute to exceptional people.
According to Eva Newsome, director of volunteer services at MRMC, the Tree of Love is sponsored by the hospital and is the biggest fundraiser of the year. It supports hospital improvements and equipment.
A letter from Fenn Beasley, president of the Hospital Auxiliary states that a gift of $10 or more dedicates a light on the Tree of Love in honor or in memory of someone special. All such contributions will receive special recognition.
This year, Dr. Kelli M. Carter and her children, Matthew and Noah, will flip the switch to light the tree. The star lighting will be in honor of Joyce Boone, an auxiliary member who is currently fighting cancer.
Following the ceremony, children from the First United Methodist Pre-School will provide entertainment. There will also be refreshments and visits with Santa.
For a donation of $3 for one picture or $5 for two, children may have their pictures taken with Santa. All proceeds will go to the Tree of Love fund.
For more information on how to dedicate a light on the tree, or to contribute to the program, contact Ms. Newsome at 597-5408, or direct mail to: Tree of Love, c/o McDuffie Regional Medical Center, 521 Hill Street, Thomson, GA 30824.