Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital got into the Christmas spirit a little bit early Friday night.
For the 29th year, the Tree of Love was lit on the campus of Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital. Community members and families gathered to listen to Christmas music and celebrate the season with the tree lighting. Trees could be bought for $100 a piece and could be dedicated in memory of a loved one. You could also buy plaques and bulbs. Carol Kohler, Co-Chairman of the Tree of Love Project, says its something many enjoy.
"Families like to come and get together and they look at the trees. Some people do decorate their trees and its a good thing for everybody to do and its beautiful too. It beautifies the town."
All of the money raised will go toward the building of the new Genesis Hospital. We had the privilege to speak with alice mauk who has been volunteering with the program for 45 years. She told us what she gets out of doing so each year.
"Giving. Especially when it comes to something like this, because, I feel with the Tree of Love, people are giving, remembering and honoring of. Yeah, we’re giving something to the community. Campus looks beautiful….and it’s just the joy of helping others. "
The trees will be on display at the campus until about the 2nd week in January.