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Tree Of Lights Campaign Kicks Off At Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

Tuesday November 17th, 2020, 6:55pm


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The 34th annual Tree of Lights Campaign is underway at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.

In years past, an event where HDGH staff and family would have traditionally gathered in its main lobby emotionally reading and placing an ornament in remembrance of a loved one, this year safety precautions set forth because of COVID-19 have required a unique change.

This morning HDGH’s Executive Team were present representing more than 1,300 staff, physicians and the Solcz Family Foundation as 2020’s honorary Tree Lighters, in continuing a tradition that has become the fabric of the Windsor/Essex Community.

The event was also live-streamed on the hospital’s Facebook page for all to experience, including the well-anticipated moment where more than 2,000 lights are lit marking the official HDGH start to the holiday season.

During the live stream, Bill Marra, Executive Director of the HDGH Foundation shared a message from the Solcz Family. “On behalf of my family, I want to thank HDGH for thinking of us for this opportunity. We are so grateful for our partnership with HDGH and the HDGH Foundation. On behalf of the Solcz Family and the Solcz Family Foundation, we are donating $10,000 toward the 2020 Tree of Lights Campaign.”

This year, funds will go to a variety of comfort items recognized by HDGH frontline staff from patient-need. Donors can choose specifically how they would like their funds directed. For example, patients in HDGH’s inpatient mental health unit have requested fleece blankets, while toiletry and self-care items have been identified as a need from other inpatient units and HDGH’s Regional Children’s Centre.

To take part in the campaign, individuals can visit and complete the donation form where they can also include the name of a loved one they would like to honour. In recognition of the donation, the HDGH team will decorate their tree with a paper ornament on behalf of the remarkable person who has had a significant impact in that donor’s life. All donors will also receive a paper ornament to do the same in their own homes.

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