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Wednesday November 23rd, 2011

Posted at 1:15pm

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With the sounds of the season provided the Salvation Army Local Band playing, the 25th annual Tree of Lights Campaign kicked off this morning at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital.

The Tree of Lights Campaign began at the Grace site of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital 25 years ago, and for the past 24 years, families in Windsor and Essex County have given generously to make the campaign a success through donations in memory of, or in honour of those special people in their lives.

For every donation made, an ornament is placed on a Christmas tree in the hospital lobby and an ornament is sent to the donor to place on their own Christmas tree at home.

Every year, the money that they have raised is used to acquire new state-of-the-art equipment and life-saving diagnostic tools for the hospital.  It is also used to support the refurbishment of patient-care facilities and the funding of innovative medical services and programs.

The campaign was created in 1986 by Lois Fairley and Eunice Sinclair who were not only dedicated members of Grace Hospital’s team of caregivers, but  also very active in Grace Hospital’s fundraising efforts. The Tree of Lights Campaign was established to provide donors with an opportunity to give to Grace Hospital during the holiday season, a time of year when many people are feeling generous and looking for a charitable gift giving opportunity.

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