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Tree of Light illuminated at Tyrone Hospital

Dozens braved the cold, cruel hand of Mother Nature last evening to attend the Tyrone Hospital Development Council’s second annual lighting of The Tree of Light at the hospital.
“This is a reflection of this community’s shared past, in that it is a ray of hope for the entire community” said THDC chairman Randy Miles Sr. to open the ceremony.
The Tree of Light project was developed by Miles and his committee a couple years ago. The vision has always been the same – to help raise money to help defray costs that involve improvements to the hospital.
This year’s money will be used to ready an area for the installation of a new CT scanner in the main building of the hospital. Currently, the machine rests in a building yards away from the main hospital facility.
Donations this year have been received by both businesses and individuals. Miles said numerous businesses in the Tyrone area have pitched in an developed their own means of raising funds for the project, including a “dress down” day at Tyrone High School and smaller Trees of Light in businesses such as Kelly Wike’s State Farm Insurance Office, DelGrosso’s and Tyrone Medical Associates.
Donations have been and will continue to be accepted at these businesses and at Tyrone Hospital. A $5 bill will get you a paper angel that can be personalized with the name of a loved one, either living or deceased. This angel will then be placed on a tree inside the hospital’s lobby.
“The Tree of light does give the Tyrone Community an opportunity to remember those loved ones that have left us and those who are still living who support are hospital,” said Judy Norris, chairman of the Tyrone Hospital Board of Directors. “This is the perfect to honor and remember these people that we hold so dear in our hearts.”
Following a spiritual meesage by keynote speaker Pastor Terryann Talbot-Moses, she blessed the tree and pushed the buttons illuminating the small pine.
“This is the season we pause and give thanks,” said hospital Chief Executive Officer Thomas Bartlett. “And we give thanks to you, the community. The most important thing going for Tyrone Hospital is the support the community has given. Without that support, it would be very difficult to operate as efficiently as we do.”
Just prior to the illumination of the tree, Karen Mayhew’s choral class at St. Matthews School sang three Christmas-oriented songs.
According to Miles, the fundraiser opened a few months ago, but numbers will not be official until after the new year. Deadline for donations is Dec. 31.