Ornaments for St. Francis Tree of Love can be purchased now until Dec. 1
The CHI Health St. Francis Tree of Love will be on display throughout the Christmas season in the hospital’s main lobby. Adorned with ornaments in honor or memory of loved ones, the tree is an annual tradition sponsored by the hospital's Foundation.
This year’s ornaments, shaped like a dove, can be personalized with a message to memorialize a loved one. They can also honor a new baby, celebrate a couple’s first Christmas or mark a special anniversary. Ornaments cost $20 each and proceeds help further the healing ministry of St. Francis.
The public is invited to a ceremony blessing the Tree of Love ornaments at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 in the hospital lobby. Masking and social distancing will be observed.
“Christmas is a time for reflection, counting our blessings and honoring those who have left a mark on our lives. We are genuinely humbled to share in the memories honored by our Tree of Love. Support of this annual tradition is greatly appreciated. Our donors' generosity helps further our mission to make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve,” say Melissa Griffith, director, St. Francis Foundation.
After the blessing ceremony purchasers may collect their ornaments to hang on their own Christmas tree. Any remaining ornaments will be hung on next year’s Tree of Love.
To purchase an ornament before the Wednesday, Dec. 1 deadline, please call the Foundation at (308) 398-5400. Memorial donation, in lieu of an ornament purchase, can also be made by calling the Foundation.