According to a press release from Spalding Regional Medical Center, the ornaments are intended for use in the Love Lights a Tree ceremony, which will take place at the hospital’s Outpatient Lobby on Dec. 2.
Mary Ann Turner, membership chairwoman for the auxiliary, said she believes Love Lights a Tree has been active since the 1980s.
She said it began when the president of the auxiliary thought the organization should do something for the American Cancer Society.
Over the years the fund-raiser has generated as much as $8,000, she said. In recent years, however, the amount raised has been between $2,200 and $3,000.
She said in the past, the event had not been well-publicized but this has changed due to the interest Chief Executive Officer John Quinn has shown in Love Lights a Tree.
Turner is optimistic that this year’s event will be lucrative.
“We have sent out many more letters,” she said.
Turner said she hopes Love Lights a Tree raises at least $3,000 this year.
She also invited the public to attend the lighting of the tree at Spalding Regional Medical Center on Dec. 2.
She said at the event, the tree will be lit by someone who has a family member who is a cancer survivor, or someone who has a family member who died from cancer.
Although ornaments can be purchased until the day of the actual event, only ornaments purchased by Nov. 21 will be included in the ceremony. All ornaments are $10 and can be purchased by sending a check payable to the American Cancer Society, the name of the person the ornament honors or memorializes and the purchaser’s contact information to P.O. Box 1407, Griffin, GA 30224. Those interested in finding out more information should contact the auxiliary at 770-228-2721, extension 3163.