HCN News & Notes

Community Invited to Remember Loved Ones on Tree of Love at Baystate Wing Hospital

PALMER — As the holiday season approaches, the Baystate Wing Auxiliary will set up its annual Tree of Love. This special tree has been created to honor and remember loved ones and features ornaments that can be purchased and personalized with names in honor or memory of family and friends and placed on the tree.

“The Tree of Love gives our community members a chance to remember loved ones during the holiday season,” said Evelyn Glabicky, president of the Baystate Wing Auxiliary. “These ornaments are a special way for families and members of our community to honor a special friend, family member, or co-worker while also supporting the hospital’s mission of improving the health and well-being of our community. For some families, remembering a loved and being a part of the Tree of Love brings them some comfort.”

The ornaments may be purchased for $5 for a single name and $10 for a family. The decorated Tree of Love will be displayed on the first floor of the hospital in the area near the gift shop.

“The Tree of Love is our annual tradition that warms our hearts as we remember loved ones and celebrate their lives,” said Lyn Homuth, a member of the auxiliary who is coordinating this year’s holiday event. “All proceeds benefit the Baystate Wing Auxiliary, which in turn donates these funds to the hospital for the benefit of patients. In addition, the auxiliary awarded scholarships to seven local high-school students pursuing a career in healthcare, an annual tradition that our auxiliary members are particularly proud to do each year.”

For more information about the Tree of Love or to purchase an ornament, visit the Baystate Wing Hospital Gift Shop on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or call (413) 370-8169.