EAMC Alabama-Georgia Hospital Auxiliary holds annual Tree of Lights fundraiser
Published Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 9:30 am
EAMC Alabama-Georgia Hospital Auxiliary is holding its annual Tree of Lights fundraiser for new furniture for the hospital lobby. The AL-GA Auxiliary is currently sending out donation forms and the deadline to donate in honor of a loved one is December 16.
“There has been some uncertainty over the years about whether we would keep the hospital here in our community,” said Kristin Nelson, Auxiliary Board member of EAMC Lanier Hospital. “The ad valorem tax allowed us to do that, and we are very grateful for that. But there are also other needs and costs that we can help support through the fundraisers we do.”
The money raised will contribute to the purchase of equipment and other supplies of the hospital or nursing home. This year the donations will go towards the purchase of new furniture for the new hospital lobby.
“The assistant is all running on community support and our gift shop at the hospital,” said Ashley Beck, president of AL-GA Auxiliary. “The Tree of Life donations received from the community all go back to the hospital that is here in the Valley.”
According to Beck, donations from Tree of Lights last year went toward purchasing new linen carts for the nursing home as part of its renovation. In 2020, donations from the AL-GA Auxiliary helped purchase a 3D mammography machine for the hospital.
“So that service could be provided to our community without them having to go to Opelika or Auburn,” Beck said. “So it kind of keeps our community here and doesn’t have to travel outside the area.”
The Tree of Lights will be located at the front entrance of the hospital. The lights adorned on it depend on the level of donation provided. White light donors are for $5. Red lights are $10, green lights are $25, blue lights are $50, and yellow lights are $75. The starlight is for donations of $100 or more.
Donations can be made in honor or memory of a loved one. When these donations are received, the assistant sends a message to the honored person’s address before Christmas.
“It’s something we do every year at Christmas,” Nelson said. “And it just gives people a chance to send money to the hospital employee and honor someone’s memory.”