For some, the holiday season has officially arrived again, now that the LoveLight Tree has been illuminated outside Peppi’s House on the TMC campus. The symbolic tree-lighting event is put on each year by the TMC Auxiliary as a benefit for TMC Hospice.
The Auxiliary raises money by selling “lights” on the LoveLight Tree that represent loved ones who have passed away and are being memorialized, or as a way to honor those who are still living. Recently the tree has added gold lights, in honor of veterans and those serving in the military.
At the LoveLights tree-lighting party, more than 150 people gathered to visit outside Peppi’s House on a crisp evening while the sound of soft music played in the background. Just after dusk – the moment everyone was waiting for as the crowd counted down from 10. Suddenly the tree lit up while the crowd applauded. Red, green, white, blue and gold lights glistened on the tree that was circled with beautiful poinsettias, and adorned with a giant heart.
The money raised during the sale of LoveLights and the event is still being tallied, but will all go to the emergency fund at TMC Hospice. “This money is used for all sorts of things, like funerals for families who can’t afford to bury their loved ones, plane tickets for family members who can’t afford to come to Tucson and say goodbye, even things like utility bills and groceries for families who otherwise can’t afford it when they’re going through such a sorrowful time,” said Kelly Oursler, RN, TMC Hospice Manager.
Special thanks to TMC Auxiliary Vice President Lewis Jones for organizing this year’s event.
If you’d like to drive by and see the tree, it’s located at Peppi’s House, on the northwest end of the TMC Campus, 2715 N. Wyatt.
The LoveLights Tree will be up until the New Year.