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Volunteers coordinating the efforts of the 2013 Hospice of Knox County Memory Tree are, from left, Kathy Hendrixson, Pat Kaiser and Mollie Poole.
Volunteers coordinating the efforts of the 2013 Hospice of Knox County Memory Tree are, from left, Kathy Hendrixson, Pat Kaiser and Mollie Poole. (Photo by Alan Reed) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
December 7, 2013 12:04 am EST

 

MOUNT VERNON — Heartfelt-made ornaments currently adorn the Memory Tree located inside the office of Hospice of Knox County on Coshocton Road. Volunteers have pooled their efforts once again this year in crafting 194 Christmas ornaments, all made for the memory of loved ones who have passed on.

The annual lighting of the Hospice of Knox County Memory Tree will be Monday at 5:30 p.m. Numerous residents have purchased the tree’s ornaments now for the 10th year, with all proceeds going back to programs at Hospice of Knox County. Many of the ornaments are already purchased with a few still remaining. The tree will be displayed in the Hospice lobby until Dec. 17 when the ornaments can then be picked up.

“With the tree lighting, you get to honor those and memorialize those who’ve passed away, whose name is represented on our tree. And then, you get to celebrate life by increasing the quality of life for those patients that come here,” said Danielle Sutton, volunteer coordinator at Hospice. “For the families, it means so much to them to have that ornament in that memory year after year they can put on the tree.”

A special ceremony including moments remembering loved ones will begin at 5:30 Monday, followed by group Christmas caroling at 6 p.m. Vans for the caroling are being provided by The Laurels, Ohio Eastern Star, The Living Center, Knox Area Transit and Gay Street United Methodist Church. Caroling participants can enjoy a soup supper at the Hospice office following the caroling.


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