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WV Caring to Host Tree Lighting November 30

The public is invited to the West Virginia Caring’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony which will be held on Wednesday, November 30th at 1:00 PM at Braxton Memorial Hospital.
The holiday season is upon us, and it is a very special opportunity to celebrate life. Area residents can remember loved ones who have passed away or honor those living and those who are suffering illnesses. WV Caring’s annual “Light up a Life” event begins now and continues through the end of December.
“Light up a Life is a tradition and it’s also one of our biggest fund raisers of the year. By supporting Light up a Life, you are making a significant difference in the lives our families, friends, and neighbors, who need the expert care that we provide, and they deserve.” said Cynthia Woodyard, Vice President of Public Affairs and Access.
This year’s ornament is a handmade tree to represent a Christmas Classic, “The Partridge in a Pear Tree.” It is made from fine porcelain with a glaze luster which glows when a mini tree light is placed behind it. Also available is the hand-blown laced glass heart that is beautiful and delicate. These ornaments make a special tribute and gift for those in your life who might be spending their holidays alone.
It is easy to participate with several options; Individuals can purchase a the “Partridge in a Pear Tree” keepsake ornament for $35, or the hand-blown, glass lace heart for $20. The ornaments can be mailed directly to you or sent to anyone that could use a little “light” in their life. A Tribute Wall on WV Caring’s website will include the names who are honored or memorialized along with those who made the special donation.
A traditional option is to have your ornament placed on one of the Light up a Life trees. Everyone who is remembered or honored is entered in a memory book, which is on display at the trees. Besides the hospital, ornaments can be placed at the Peoples Bank location in Flatwoods or Gassaway, the WV Caring Resale Shop in Burnsville. In Gilmer County, the Gilmer County Family Resource Network (FRN) Thrift store and United Bank are both in Glenville. In Calhoun County, Alice’s Attic Music Conservatory in Grantsville.
Those who do not wish to purchase an ornament may donate in memory or honor of a friend or loved one.
It is easy to order. Online ordering is available at and brochures are available for regular mail ordering.
For the past 39 years, WV Caring has held its “Light up a Life” campaign to raise money for those who have life-limiting illnesses regardless of their ability to pay. For more information about “Light up a Life” contact West Virginia Caring at 1-800-350-1161 or on the web at