Memorial Tree of Light event set at ARH

Special to the Daily News

November 29, 2013

Middlesboro ARH Hospital’s fifth annual Memorial Tree of Light official lighting will be held Dec.16 at 6:30 p.m. at the hospital’s front entrance. The public is invited to attend.

“We all have loved ones we miss — especially at Christmas,” said Michael Slusher, Middlesboro ARH Community CEO. “The Memorial Tree offers the Tri-State community an opportunity to honor their loved ones who have passed.”

The Memorial Tree of Light event is being organized by the Middlesboro ARH Auxiliary, a dedicated group of volunteers who donate their time and energy by assisting with hospital programs and events and holding fundraisers to purchase needed items such as pink Bibles for women diagnosed with breast cancer and angel throws for patients in need of comfort.

To make the Memorial Tree of Light event a success, the Middlesboro ARH Auxiliary is requesting a $5 donation for each light placed on the memorial tree.

At the time you donate $5, you will be asked for the name of the person to be honored or remembered on the Memorial Tree.

A memorial card will be created to honor this loved one and displayed in the front lobby of the hospital throughout December.

The Memorial Tree is located at the front entrance of the hospital.

During the lighting ceremony, Billie Booth will read the “Christmas Story.”

Lindsey Helton will sing Christmas songs.

The names on each memorial card will be read. After the ceremony, light refreshments will be served.

“The Christmas season can be difficult when a loved one has passed,” said John Nelson, auxiliary president. “The Memorial Tree will honor each deceased loved one whose light and love lives on in the hearts of the ones left behind. I encourage you to join me and many others at the Memorial Tree of Light on Dec.16.”

Middlesboro ARH will be accepting memorial donations through December 16 (donations are tax deductible), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Administration Department.

For more information about the Memorial Tree of Light, call Elaine Smith, community and patient advocate, at 606-242-1103.