For the past 32 years, the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital has held an annual Tree of Lights ceremony in December, as a way to honor or remember someone in your life who has had special meaning for you.
And, in this pandemic year, the Tree of Lights is a way to honor the stalwart medical staff who cared for patients during Covid-19’s spring surge.
The 2020 ceremony, which begins at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, December 8, will be virtual.
In previous years, the community was invited to be present in the hospital meeting room, with a program of holiday music presented by a local chorus, often by a group of young people. Auxiliary members served refreshments and the Hospital chaplain offered a short homily. As dusk fell, participants all trooped to the lawn outside the main entrance for the official lighting of the giant evergreen tree, which can be seen by motorists along Route 2.
But that was then. This year, as with so many treasured customs, a Zoom link will take the place of an in-person gathering. It is still possible to donate a Star or a Light for the tree, to honor Emerson’s Hospital Heroes or commemorate someone in your life.
If you complete your donation by December 4 your tribute’s name will appear at the virtual event. The funds raised from this community-wide event will benefit Pediatric Care at Emerson Hospital and donations will be accepted throughout the holiday season.
If you’d like to register to attend the virtual ceremony on December 8 at 4:30 pm, please click here: https://emersonhosp-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DXXuLFQFTW6wSac2uXFSQQ.