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Lights of Love project helps provide scholarships for Kershaw County students

Posted: November 17, 2011 9:29 a.m.
Updated: November 18, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Hospital Auxiliary of Kershaw County has begun its annual Lights of Love fund-raising project. The program will continue through Jan. 1, 2012.

Through donations to the program, area residents are able to acknowledge or honor those who have been significant in their lives. Acknowledgment cards are sent to those being honored or to the family of those being remembered. The names of the honorees are written in a special book which remains on display in the main lobby of KershawHealth throughout the holiday season. Additionally, the name of each honoree will be written on an ornament and displayed on the Lights of Love tree in the main lobby. (Ornaments may be picked up in the gift shop during the month of January.) Two live cedar trees, planted on the hospital grounds especially for the Lights of Love celebration, will be lit throughout the season to honor those in whose names tax-deductible donations have been made.

“The Lights of Love program offers members of the community a thoughtful alternative to Christmas cards and gifts,” said Mary Clark, Auxiliary president. “We are delighted to offer area residents this opportunity to recognize those who have been important in their lives while helping students who are preparing for careers in healthcare. Many of our scholarship recipients return to us as young professionals. It’s very gratifying.”

Proceeds from Lights of Love are applied to need-based scholarships to Kershaw County students who are enrolled in health care-related studies. Additionally, the Auxiliary applies proceeds from fund-raising projects to unbudgeted needs of KershawHealth Medical Center departments. Currently, more than twenty Kershaw County students receive student aid from the Auxiliary.

In the past, the Auxiliary has assisted with the purchase of sentinel node biopsy equipment for the early detection of breast cancer, as well as a lithotripter, new furniture for the Karesh Wing visitor’s room, a fountain on the Karesh garden patio and new furnishings for the EMT lounge. Plans are in progress to provide funding for renovations to the KershawHealth Oncology Department. In November, the organization contributed $25,000 toward a fetal monitor for KershawHealth.

Registration forms for Lights of Love are available at the KershawHealth information desk. Printable forms are also available from the Auxiliary website at www.hospitalaux.com or at the KershawHealth web site at www.kershawhealth.org.

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