Love Light Tree remembrance ceremony is Dec. 5 at NRV Mall
Good Samaritan Hospice celebrates the lives of loved ones each year through its annual Love Light Tree program. The Love Light Trees represent remembrances of those who are no longer here. The program supports end-of-life care in the Roanoke and New River valleys.
Beginning mid-November, Love Light Trees will be located at Tanglewood and the New River Valley mall. Each branch on the trees will hold the name of someone who is being remembered or honored.
The Love Light Tree will be officially lit at the New River Valley Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. during a remembrance ceremony, including music and refreshments. The public is invited.
“By participating in the Love Light Tree program you will not only light up the holidays for someone you love, you will also help Good Sam to light up the holidays for a terminally ill person in our community,” said Cindy Hagerman, director of community relations. “Anyone can participate. It’s an opportunity to help those who need hospice care, as well as remember and recognize the special people in your own life.”
For a donation of $10, a “love light” will be placed on the tree of your choice. That person’s name remains on the tree throughout the holiday season, representing the light that person has brought into the world. For a donation of $25, individuals receive a handmade porcelain ornament to keep or to have sent to someone as a gift, a reminder that their loved one is being thought of during the holidays.
All donations are tax-deductible and allow Good Sam to continue to provide hospice care and grief support programs throughout the Roanoke and New River valleys and Smith Mountain Lake. Good Sam is the only not-for-profit, community-based hospice in the area, and maintains the belief that anyone who qualifies and desires hospice care should receive that care, regardless of ability to pay.
Donation forms are available at either mall or by calling Good Sam at 381-3171. Downloadable forms are available at www.goodsamhospice.org.
– Submitted by Cindy Hagerman
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