Light up a Life fundraiser kicks off

Tree lightings set for Dec. 5 and 6

Submitted photo For a donation, individuals can place a light, ornament or a special keepsake angel on a tree in any of the participating locations as part of the annual Light up a Life fundraiser.

ELKINS — The holiday season provides a special opportunity to celebrate the life of loved ones.

Anyone can remember loved ones who have passed away or honor those living and those who are suffering illnesses by supporting the annual Light up a Life event.

West Virginia Caring, formerly Hospice Care Corp., is hosting the fundraiser now through the end of December.

For the past 34 years, the Light up a Life annual campaign has raised money for the organization’s patient care services. West Virginia Caring of North Central West Virginia is one of the oldest nonprofit hospice organizations that provides end-of-life care for people who have life-limiting illnesses without the ability to pay.

“Light up a Life is a tradition, and it’s one WV Caring’s most important fundraisers of the year. By supporting Light up a Life, you are helping your families and friends. It is important to know that 100 percent of the money we raise stays right here in our area,” said Cynthia Woodyard, vice president of public affairs.

For a donation, individuals can place a light, ornament or a special keepsake angel on a tree in any of the participating locations. Donations are made in memory or honor of a friend or loved one. Everyone who is remembered or honored is entered into a memory book, which is one display throughout the season.

This year the keepsake clay angel is holding a house. Lights, ornaments and the handmade keepsake angels are available for a donation. All donations are tax-deductible.

Two trees will be lit in Randolph County. The first tree lighting will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Mountain Valley Bank in Mill Creek. The second tree lighting will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at Davis Trust Co. in Elkins.

More information about Light up a Life is available by calling West Virginia Caring at 1-800-350-1161 or the Elkins West Virginia Caring office at 304-637-0618. Online ordering is available from Hospice Care’s website at www.wvcaring.org.

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