Mem­o­ries light up Tree of Re­flec­tion

Pla­cen­tia, Car­bon­ear and Old Per­li­can health fa­cil­i­ties re­mem­ber lost loved ones

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­

Christ­mas can be a lonely time of year for those who have lost a loved one.

The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion ( TCP) or­ga­nizes a Christ­mas event ev­ery year at three health care fa­cil­i­ties for peo­ple to re­mem­ber those loved ones lost through­out the years.

The 22nd an­nual Tree of Re­flec­tions was cre­ated in mem­ory of the fam­ily and friends who are no longer with us, TCP chief de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Don Coombs told The Com­pass.

Christ­mas trees have been set up out­side the Pla­cen­tia Health Cen­tre, Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and the Dr. A.A. Wilkin­son Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Old Per­li­can.

For a dona­tion in mem­ory of a loved one, the foun­da­tion places a bright red bulb on one of the trees. The name of that loved one is then placed on a sign ad­ja­cent to the tree.

“The red bulb sig­ni­fies the warmth we still feel for the de­parted loved ones, and the re­flec­tion is for the love we carry with us in our hearts,” said TCP chair­per­son He­len Clarke.

“It’s a chance for peo­ple to pay re­spect,” Coombs added. “Peo­ple then come along to see if their loved one’s names are on the board.”

Tree light­ing events

On Nov. 21, the tree launch took place in Pla­cen­tia. The group at the Pla­cen­tia Health Cen­tre calls their tree the Tree of Mem­o­ries.

The fi­nal day of the Pla­cen­tia tree was Dec. 5. The clos­ing in­cluded a carol sing and prayer ser­vice.

The Tree of Re­flec­tions for Car­bon­ear and Old Per­li­can be­gan ear­lier this month, and will con­tinue un­til Dec. 20.

Last year, the three events col­lected some $2,500 in do­na­tions.

“We would love to match that this year,” Coombs said.

Win a tree

Another tree event will also take place this year at Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

O’Nei l l ’ s Gar­den­land in Spa­niard’s Bay has do­nated a beau­ti­ful, fully dec­o­rated ar­ti­fi­cial tree that will sit in the hos­pi­tal’s new lobby.

Tick­ets on the tree are be­ing sold by the ladies aux­il­iary at the hos­pi­tal gift shop on the main floor near the en­trance.

“The tree is called the Spirit of Christ­mas t r e e ,” Coombs ex­plained. “It is dec­o­rated un­real.

“Tick­ets sales to­talled around $1,200 last year, but I ex­pect it will go up this year.”

O’Neill’s also do­nated a sim­i­lar tree to the Janeway Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre last year.

For in­for­ma­tion on ei­ther of th­ese events or to make a dona­tion, con­tact Don Coombs (9455289), Melvie Squires (587-2200) or Carmel McDon­ald (227-2061).

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