Memorial Auxiliary Celebrates Season of Giving

Published 7:08 am Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas has always been a time for remembering friends and loved ones from days past, as well as those who continue to inspire us.

During this season of remembrance, the Memorial Hospital and Manor Auxiliary offers a Tree of Lights program as a gesture to honor those special people.

A symbolic light is added to the beautiful Christmas tree in the hospital’s front lobby for each person honored. In addition, the name of each donor and honoree is recorded in a Tribute Book displayed in the lobby. The person honored, or the family of those remembered, will receive a letter of acknowledgment of the donation. Contributions of any amount will be appreciated.

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The Tree of Lights program helps fund scholarships for students who wish to pursue a career in health care. The Auxiliary established the scholarship program in 2004 and awarded three $500 scholarships this semester.

During this time of economic hardship, many college students are having a difficult time securing funds to help finance their education. More than ever, these scholarships are needed to help students continue working toward a degree in health care.

In addition to funding scholarships last year, the Auxiliary donated $10,000 to the hospital toward the purchase of new televisions in waiting rooms, Manor II, and the Emergency Room exam rooms.

Contributions for the Tree of Lights program are tax deductible and should be made payable to the 1500 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, GA 39819.

Contact Jan Godwin, director of public relations and volunteer services, at 243-6187 for more information.