Love Light Tree Lighting
Donate: $10 lights, $100 stars, $500 or more angels; 770-219-1830 or www.nghs.com/lovelight
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 1
Where: Auxilary Love Light Garden, 1400 River Place
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 7
Where: Auxilary Love Light Garden, 743 Spring St.
In its 36th year of lighting a tree in honor of those served by its hospice, Northeast Georgia Medical Center will host two Love Light Tree Lighting celebrations.
The Medical Center Auxiliary will be lighting the inaugural tree in the Love Light Garden at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Braselton campus. The traditional Gainesville event will be at the same time on Dec. 7.
Both celebrations will involve area students and musicians who will bring the holiday season to life.
All Love Light donations benefit Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Funds are invested to support patients and their families with needed services above and beyond those covered by the Medicare Hospice Benefit, according to Rhonda Rogers, social services manager with the hospice.
“We have been blessed with a very supportive relationship with both the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Auxiliary and our Foundation for many years,” Rogers said. “As a result, we have been able to offer and grow a number of programs that wouldn’t otherwise be available to our patients and their families.
Love Light funds help provide art, massage and music therapies, educational materials and programming and basic supplies.
Thus far in 2015, more than 300 visits have been made to provide massage therapy services to patients and therapeutic music services.
In 2016, a startup program will be funded with Love Light donations and will involve the use of music at the bedside of patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Donations also have supported school grief support groups that since 1998 have served more than 1,060 students across the 13-county service area, Rogers said. Children and teens who have experienced a close and personal loss are also helped during a weeklong day camp at Walter’s Barn in Lula called Camp Braveheart. The annual goal is to host 40 campers at Camp Braveheart. A family seminar is also hosted annually.
Heartmender grief support services provided to every family served by the hospice include monthly support gatherings, Hope through the Holidays, remembrance services and educational presentations and bereavement mailings, books and literature and art supplies.
Veterans are also a concentrated focus of Love Light funds, Rogers said, including veteran recognition certificates and fleece for military-specific lap blankets.
Love Light donations also have funded air conditioners, ramps, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, Rogers said.
“We are blessed to have the services of Hospice of NGMC available in our community, allowing terminally ill patients to remain in their homes with their families and loved ones,” said Mary Nash, who, along with her husband, Dr. Charlie Nash is serving as chair of the 2015 Love Light celebration. “The funds raised through Love Light donations have a major impact on the services provided to hospice patients and their family members throughout Northeast Georgia, and many of the needs that are met by Love Light donations would not happen without these gifts.”
Lights are $10, stars are $100 and angels represent gifts of $500 or more.
The signature gift of the Love Light Garden in Braselton was made by The Medical Center Auxiliary.
To make a donation to Love Light, call The Medical Center Auxiliary at 770-219-1830 or to make your tax-deductible gift online anytime during the year, go to www.nghs.com/lovelight.