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Friends of Hospice displays lighted tribute to loved ones

Suzanne L. Reese
Special to The Union
Submitted photo

Since 1988, when Beth Moorhead chaired the first “Tree of Love” fundraiser, Friends of Hospice has displayed, during the month of December, a beautiful lighted tree, each bright light a tribute to a loved one cared for by Hospice of the Foothills.

Children loved it and were positive that a particular colored light was their grandpa’s light.

Over the years, through involved members of the community, our tree was displayed by Weiss Brothers Nursery, Superior Propane and for many years at the Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City.

In 2009, a big storm destroyed the lights, and we were advised that because our tree was actually a cluster of five trees, nearly 125 foot in height, and each tree moved independently of one another in the wind, this damage could happen again and perhaps we should make other plans to display the “Tree of Love.”

This year through the generosity of Kay Baker and Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Friends of Hospice has been given an “everlasting tree,” being artfully constructed by Kay’s brother, David Lott.

It will withstand the winter elements and have a permanent December home in the garden at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

With a contribution from GKI/Bethlehem Lighting in Massachusetts, we were able to string 2,000 LED lights on the 26-foot tree.

Each light, representing the life of a loved one, will sparkle brilliantly throughout the month of December, in full view of all who travel along Highway 49.

Lott, Ken and Kay Baker and son-in-law Jeff Boswell worked in the pouring rain while setting up the tree. In between showers, Jon Shoemaker of Shoemaker Electric and his assistant, Michael Balsiger, installed the necessary electric equipment for the tree.

Friends of Hospice wishes to thank all of the generous people who donate each year to the “Tree of Love” fundraiser. We are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, supporting Hospice of the Foothills.

Raising funds for Hospice of the Foothills is a part of our mission. Our operating funds come from membership dues, raffles at meetings, money market investments, sponsorships and lots of hard work.

Donations go directly to benefit all of the services offered by Hospices’ in-home care and those at the Compassionate Care Home.

Through tax-deductible donations to events, Friends of Hospice is able to fulfill its annual $100,000 commitment to Hospice. Support of Hospice of the Foothills is needed and greatly appreciated.

The Friends of Hospice organization has no paid staff and our all-volunteer auxiliary is open to all men and women who will actively support the work of friends by serving on at least but not limited to two committees or events each year.

New members are welcomed.

For information, call (530) 274-5121 (staffed 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday-Friday).

You may also leave a message and a “friend” will return your call.

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