Southwestern Hoopers Help Hospice

Southwestern Central School Girls Basketball team and Coach Ann Beck prepare to decorate the Light A Life trees
Southwestern Central School Girls Basketball team and Coach Ann Beck prepare to decorate the Light A Life trees

The blue spruce trees in front of the Hospice offices have been decorated with red bows by the Southwestern Central School girls basketball team in preparation for the Light A Life Tree Lighting at Hospice Chautauqua County. The event will be held on Saturday, December 6th at 6pm at Hospice’s Lakewood office on 20 West Fairmount Avenue. The public is encouraged to attend.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Light A Life remembrance, which is held every December to honor the memories of loved ones who are no longer with us. Each red bow is hung in the memory of a loved one. This year’s Light A Life is sponsored by Univera Healthcare.

“Volunteers are essential to everything we do at Hospice,” said Andy Dickson, Director of Community Engagement. “The Southwestern hoopers helped us last year with tree decorations and we’re grateful for Coach Anne Beck for her help organizing the girls. Jerry House trimmed the trees and hung the lights last weekend.”

A new addition to the Light A Life program will be lighted displays in the adjacent Hospice gardens. These displays will provide an opportunity for reflection by family members. The beautiful displays are the result of a collaboration between Hospice Chautauqua County and Steve & Julie French, of Voltvision. The French’s lighting designs have been featured at locations throughout WNY including Jamestown Audubon Society and the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.

The evening’s events will include songs, candle lighting and refreshments. Music will be performed by Howie Evert and Debra Smalling before and after the tree lighting.

Red bows and keepsake memorial porcelain ornaments will be available throughout the month of December and can be obtained by calling or stopping at the Lakewood office. They can also be ordered online at Bows may be purchased separately or in combination with delicate handcrafted porcelain keepsake ornaments. The bows will be placed on the trees and ornaments will be mailed to the purchaser for home decoration. Participation in the Light A Life is open to anyone who wishes to memorialize a loved one regardless of whether they received Hospice care.

The trees and light displays will remain illuminated through the holiday season.

Hospice Chautauqua County specializes in care and services for patients and their families in the community who are dealing with life-limiting and terminal illnesses. Their team-based approach attempts help those individuals live to the fullest extent possible until the end of life. For more information about their programs contact the Lakewood office at 716-338-0033.