More trees, commemorative ornament added this year

This year marks the 24th season for the Hope Hospice and Community Services Tree of Lights at Edison Mall. This signature event enables Hope Hospice supporters to decorate the tree and honor a loved one while making a contribution to Hope.

With each donation, participants have the opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one by writing their name on a butterfly ornament, which is placed on the tree. “Our tree has become a traditional way for people in our community to remember their loved ones. We are committed to caring for everyone who needs our services, regardless of their ability to pay, so this is a special holiday gift for us as well,” according to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “We are grateful to the management of the Edison Mall for hosting this event each year,” she added.

This year, Hope has created a special commemorative tree ornament as a personal keepsake. The ornaments, adorned with butterflies and holly and packaged in a gift box, are available at the Tree of Lights for a donation of $20. With this donation, participants may also place a butterfly on the tree.

Because of the popularity of this event, Hope has added a second location this year. The trees are located at the main entrance to the mall at the information desk, and adjacent to Santa’s station, near Dillard’s.

The Tree of Lights runs through December 23.