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HAMC Auxiliary holds 28th annual Tree of Giving lighting ceremony

By Sue Sitter - | Dec 12, 2020

Submitted Photo HAMC Marketing Director Darcie Rose speaks to a small group of hospital auxiliary members at their 28th annual Tree of Giving lighting ceremony.

The Heart of America Medical Center Auxiliary set strings of multicolored lights aglow on their Tree of Giving the evening of Dec. 3, kicking off a season of “caring and sharing for health care.”

HAMC Marketing Director Darcie Rose welcomed a small group of hospital auxiliary members to the lighting ceremony, which was streamed on social media and recorded for later broadcasts on Rugby’s KZZJ-AM.

“We’re excited to welcome you to the 28th annual Tree of Giving lighting ceremony,” Rose said, introducing event chairpersons Laurie Odden and Susan Anderson.

“The Tree of Giving has been a great project for the auxiliary for many years. Donations are used to purchase items for hospice, Haaland Estates, Heart of America Johnson Clinic and Heart of America Medical Center.”

“Past years’ donations have been used to support new beds for hospice, acute care waiting room updates, new tubs in our care center, the chemotherapy infusion suite and our 3D mammography unit,” Rose said.

“The auxiliary continues to assist the care center and hospice program with any of their ongoing needs through the many fundraising events throughout the year,” Rose noted. “Our project for the upcoming year will be Give Elevator One a Lift. Donations received will be used to upgrade the main elevator at HAMC. This is a great project for caring and sharing during this special time of year.”

The Tree of Giving offers those who wish to support the hospital and its programs with a unique way to donate.

Donors may purchase lights for the tree to dedicate to greet family or friends, or remember loved ones who passed away. The lights come in five colors, representing five donation levels. Blue lights represent $100 donations, while clear crystal lights represent $25 donations. Green lights may be purchased with $10 donations and $5 donations purchase red or white lights.

“Donation forms can be found online at the HAMC webpage and can either be mailed in or made directly online,” Rose said. “Please remember you can donate to this project year-round.”

“A blue light is shining on the tree as a special greeting and prayer for all of the staff and residents at HAMC from the hospital auxiliary,” Rose added.

“December 20 and 25, this (ceremony) will be played on Rugby Broadcasters and at that time, the names of (those in whose memory or honor the lights were purchased) will be read,” Odden said after the ceremony.

HAMC Auxiliary chairperson Shelly Block said, “And then on Monday, we will be displaying the names on our HAMC Facebook page.”

Odden said the Tree of Giving would always have room for more donations and lights.

“Names will be added and light bulbs will be put on the string continually,” Odden said. “We’ll add another string if we have to. Now that we lit the tree, it doesn’t mean we’re done. We’ll keep adding bulbs.”

Block agreed, adding she knew people who were grateful for the unique way to help the hospital and remember those they loved.

“We have one lady who bought a white light in memory of a loved one. It’s near the top of the tree,” Block said. “She told me that every time she sees the tree, she looks for her light and thinks of her loved one.”

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