West Virginia Caring honors memories of loved ones with tree lighting ceremony


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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia Caring lit its first Christmas tree of the season Tuesday and is ready to start honoring the memories of loved ones and friends.

Tuesday’s ceremony at Morgantown Mall was the first of 11 to be held in the 12 counties covered by West Virginia Caring.

This year’s “Light up a Life” event honors the mission of hospice care and living life to its fullest, according to a press release from West Virginia Caring.

“Light up a Life” is one of the agency’s traditions to raise money for its patient care fund, which helps those with life-limiting illnesses but have can’t pay for care, according to the release.

“It’s important to know that 100 percent of the money we raise stays here in our communities to ensure those who need service receive the care they need,” Cindy Woodyard, vice president of public affairs, said in the release.

For a donation, individuals can place a light, ornament or keepsake angel on a tree at any participating location. Everyone honoroed by the donation is entered into a memory book, which is also displayed throughout the season.

This year, the keepsake angel is holding a heart. Lights can be sponsored for $5, heart ornaments for $20 and the keepsake angel for $35.

For more information, call 800-350-1161 or go to wvcaring.org.

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