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RMC tree remembers loved ones passed
Left to Right: Santa, Noah Howell, 7, Avery Howell, 4, Emily Earwood, 11, gaze at at the Memory Tree. - photo by Robert Porter

Harmonious young voices rang out at Rockdale Medical Center Tuesday night during its annual Love Light Tree celebration, a program aimed to ease the sting many families feel for lost or sick loved ones during the holidays.

RMC CEO Deborah Armstrong welcomed the crowd gathered at the east entrance lobby, explaining how the holiday season was not an easy time because "most people aren't here by choice."

Armstrong thanked the RMC volunteer auxiliary, who sponsored the event. Volunteer auxiliary president Kathy Methier explained the Love Light Tree was decorated with ornaments that families can buy to honor or remember a loved one. Rev. Tim Hogg, pastor of Grace Fellowship Assembly of God and RMC chaplain, was the guest speaker and described a "caring ministry," that takes at the hospital.

Peachtree Academy students ushered in the Christmas spirit with "Carol of the Bells," "Joy to the World," and a couple other holiday favorites. Audiences also joined in with the students for a sing-a-long of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." The evening was concluded with hot chocolate, sweet treats, and visits with Santa Claus.

The Love Light Tree and Memory Tree are sponsored by the Rockdale Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary. This year the Auxiliary is selling commemorative holiday ornaments for $10 each after the Tree Lighting. With each ornament purchase, a separate dedication ornament will be placed on the White and Blue Memory Tree with the name of someone you wish to honor or remember.

All proceeds from the sale of the 2013 Love Light Ornaments will be used to fund patient care equipment within Rockdale Medical Center.