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Lights of Love fund-raising project to begin Nov. 15

Posted: November 2, 2010 5:18 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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Linda Branham, Auxiliary gift shop chairman, places her Lights of Love acknowledgment card on the mantel. Donations to Lights of Love are applied to need-based scholarships as well as to various unbudgeted needs of KershawHealth departments.

The Hospital Auxiliary of Kershaw County begins its annual Lights of Love fund-raising project on Nov. 15. The program will continue through Jan. 1, 2011.

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 Auxiliary Vice President, Peggy Gettys. “We are delighted to offer area residents this opportunity to remember loved ones while helping students who are preparing for a career in healthcare. Many of our scholarship recipients return to us as young professionals. It’s very gratifying.”

The Lights of Love campaign proceeds are applied to need-based scholarships for area students who are enrolled in healthcare-related studies. Additionally, the Auxiliary takes requests from KershawHealth departments for unbudgeted needs.

Registration forms for Lights of Love are available at the KershawHealth information desk, or can be downloaded and printed at www.kershawhealth.org.

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