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Pa. hospital's Tree of Love a tradition of honoring, remembering loved ones

December 09, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Fulton County Medical Center Auxiliary officers, from left, Carol Mellott, treasurer; Nancy Younker, secretary; Judy Eisaman, vice president; and Sally Cover, president, pose around the Tree of Love following Sunday's ceremony at the medical center in McConnellsburg, Pa.
Photo by Roxann Miller

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — For 14 years, the Tree of Love has been a holiday tradition at Fulton County Medical Center.

On Sunday, the hospital auxiliary held its annual ceremony inside the main entrance to the facility.

Every white angel hanging from the tree contained a name written in green or red.

Each of the angels, which cost $5, are in memory or honor of a loved one or special person.

FCMC Auxiliary President Sally Cover said 274 angels were purchased by donors.

“It’s a healing thing for people, and it’s just part of the season to remember those who passed away,” she said.

This is the first year the tree stands inside the main entrance to the medical center. Cover said the new location provides better visibility for the Tree of Love.

The Tree of Love is a fundraiser for the auxiliary and any money raised is used to purchase items for the hospital.

In 2013, the medical center will expand to include a wound center, and Cover said the auxiliary plans to use funds from the Tree of Love to add equipment or meet a need for the new center.

During the Tree of Love ceremony, Cover welcomed donors and other community members to the event.

“It’s a busy time (of year), but I think it’s important that we come and remember the memories we have of our loved ones from the past ... and also in honor of special people that have done things in our lives that we remember and will never forget,” she said.

Sisters DeAnne and A’leese Dickerson provided music before several members of the auxiliary read the names written on the angels.

Faye Butts and her son, Keith, purchased five angels for the tree.

“I just think it’s great to remember your loved ones at Christmas. You need to remember them all year, but especially at Christmas. And, this is just a way to help the auxiliary raise money and still remember your loved ones,” Faye Butts said.

She purchased angels in memory of her parents, two aunts and a woman who was in long-term care with her mother.

For Jackie Harr, FCMC food service worker, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without taking time to remember loved ones.

“I’ve done this for years. I did it at the old hospital in memory of loved ones. It’s about remembering them at Christmas,” she said.

Harr bought five angels for the tree.

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Editor's note: This story was edited Dec. 10, 2012, to correct the headline.

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