Tree of Lights continues tradition of generosity


There are traditions that make the holiday season extra special.

One of these annual observances in Rome is the Rome Twigs Tree of Lights campaign, which raises money in support of Rome Memorial Hospital and its mission.

The Tree of Lights allows members of the public to honor living loved ones, remember a deceased loved one or express thanks. Each light on the tree represents a gift of love and remembrance. Donations are $5 or more for a light. A reception and ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the hospital lobby, and at 7 p.m. those attending will move outside to light the tree.

Doctors Lauren Giustra and Ankur Desai will be honored for their years of service, and a scroll displaying the names of donors and their honored persons will be displayed.

Rome Twigs date back to 1907 when Millicent Hazelton introduced the idea of a “sewing circle” to make items to raise money for the hospital. This generosity grew over the years so that the giving now totals more than $2.3 million in modern equipment, upgrades and local programs.

It also should be noted that private sponsors help too. This year
Varflex is the corporate sponsor and has donated $1,000 to the campaign.

If you care to donate for a light, the deadline is noon Friday, Nov. 17, addressed to Rome Memorial Hospital. Attention Tree of Lights, 1500 N. James St., Rome, NY 13440. Checks should be payable to Rome Twigs.


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