Christmas is over. Spring is in the air. That means it's time for the hospital's tree to bear fruit. This year's Tree of Love brought in $3,500 for McDuffie Regional Medical Center.
Department managers of the hospital have turned in their lists of needs, and board members of the hospital's auxiliary are researching the items to ensure they aren't somewhere else in the hospital's budget and that they meet fire, medical and health inspection codes.
"It's quite a process," auxiliary president Ray Wight said. "But in the end we feel we have done something good for the hospital, and we so much appreciate what the community does to help us."
Each Christmas, people donate money to sponsor a light on the Tree of Love to pay tribute to a deceased loved one. The annual tree-lighting ceremony also is one of McDuffie County's deep-rooted traditions.
The hospital's auxiliary sponsors the Tree of Love and combines the funds with proceeds of jewelry and bake sales to purchase items for the hospital.
Mr. Wight said if all goes according to plan, this year's funds will be used to purchase a Hill-Rom stretcher for the medical surgery unit and blood pressure monitors for other departments.
"The Hill-Rom stretcher can be set to different positions, which make it ideal for eye surgeries," Mr. Wight said. "Other types of stretchers are not as good for eye surgeries."
The auxiliary will hold a bake sale in the lobby of the hospital on Good Friday. Profits from items sold in the Sunshine Corner gift shop, located in the front lobby of the hospital, also are used by the auxiliary to purchase items for the hospital.
For more information, call (706) 595-1411.