Tree of Hope fundraiser imperative for hospital gardens | DrumhellerMail
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Tree of Hope fundraiser imperative for hospital gardens


    The Drumheller Health Centre’s palliative care and recreational gardens will be hosting its biggest and most imperative fundraiser on December 10, as plans for the Tree of Hope are underway.

    Pink or teal bulbs– pink for a Christmas greeting of hope, teal for a memory of a loved one, are bought by donation and hung from the Tree of Hope in the Drumheller Health Care Centre Hospital Chapel.
    Last year the Tree of Hope fundraiser brought in $1,095 to go toward the upkeep of both the Recreational Therapy Garden and the Palliative Care Garden. Totalled with a Canada Day barbecue at the Co-op, enough funds were brought in to support the 6-month growing season this year, feeding and caring for both gardens.
    “Many people were able to enjoy the gardens and the spectacular views from them.  The Drumheller Area Health Foundation members feel that these gardens are true ‘healing gardens’,” said Foundation Secretary Linda Ames. 
    “They bring comfort as well as enjoyment to the visitors there providing a soothing place to visit or to just contemplate nature.”
    “This maintains the garden and helps us continue to develop the gardens, which are just beautiful,” says Tree of Hope organizer Linda Krieger. “When this garden matures, it’ll be just incredible. What a great place to take the residents out of the facility.”
    This year’s ceremony will be officiated by Pastor Dan Henrickson from the Bethleham-Lutheran Church in Drumheller, followed by a march with candles and Christmas carols to the Tree of Hope. A circle is created, and names and greetings are named off as the tree is lit.
    The ceremony will take place on Friday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Drumheller Health Care Centre Hospital Chapel.
    Donations to hang a bulb can be dropped off at the admitting desk at the health centre, or mailed to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation, Tree of Hope, 351 9th Street NW, Drumheller, Alberta, T0J 0Y1.

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