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Give to the Tree of Life this holiday season

A holiday tradition, the annual lighting of the Tree of Life at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) serves as a symbolic tribute to friends, family and lost loved ones while supporting the TRMC Oncology Center and Hospice of Tift Area.  Sponsored by the Tifton Junior Woman’s Club, this year’s tree lighting ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at 6 p.m. on the front lawn of TRMC.

Kristy Daniels, Manager of Hospice of Tift Area, said this year’s event will prove to be one of the best yet. “We want everyone in the community to bring their families and friends,” she said. “Together we will enjoy a moving candle-lighting ceremony and wonderful, live holiday music.  And, of course, we’ll have a visit from Santa Claus.  Afterwards, everyone is invited to a complimentary meal provided by TRMC Food Services."

Daniels said that purchasing a light for the Tree of Life in honor or memory of a person is a  tax-deductible gift which will help the patients of Tift Regional’s Anita Stewart Oncology Center and Hospice of Tift Area with special needs.  “Various giving levels are available,” she said.  “If you are looking for a Christmas gift for family members, friends, co-workers or clients, purchase a light in their honor or in memory of someone close to them. You’ll be benefiting a great cause.”

Daniels said the Tree of Life fund assists the hospital’s cancer or hospice patients who may have difficulty paying utility bills due to financial constraints or need special comforts while undergoing treatment.

“These are just examples of how the Tree of Life helps our patients as they undergo a challenging time,” said Daniels. “It has really touched the lives of many people in our community.”

Various giving levels are available and contributing is easy.  Contributions are being accepted until Dec. 31.  To contribute, visit