Tree of Lights
For many in South Georgia, the holiday season is a time to honor and remember friends and loved ones by making donations to the Archbold Foundation Tree of Lights. The Tree of Lights tradition began 30 years ago as part of the effort to raise funds for the first Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center. Now, for more than 25 years, contributions have benefited Hospice of Southwest Georgia.
Holiday decorations throughout the hospital, including the live tree that is displayed in the main lobby, are provided by the Archbold Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. When donations are made towards the Tree of Lights, gifts are acknowledged and cards are sent throughout December. A tribute book is on display in the hospital lobby during this time. A donation of $10 per individual honored is suggested, but gifts of any size are welcome.
This year’s traditional tree lighting ceremony was cancelled due to Archbold’s continued effort to keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we were unable to gather together, the tree was lit every evening throughout the month of December, with each light on the tree representing a donation in honor or in memory of an individual.
For the fourth year in a row the presenting sponsor of the Tree of Lights was TC Federal Bank. “We are grateful for the support from our good friends at TC Federal,” said Middleton. “They are great corporate stewards who give back to so many in our community.”
“Giving back to the community is the core of what we have here at TC Federal Bank. In our mission statement we talk about having a servant’s heart and hospice is truly a ministry that has a servant’s heart in our community. We strive to serve others, our friends, our neighbors, our employees when they are at their greatest time of need,” said TC Federal Bank CEO, Greg Eiford.
This year the Tree of Lights was lit in memory of Cathy Mooney. Cathy Mooney passed away in March 2020 after an 18-year battle with multiple myeloma. Cathy spent the last few months of her life under the care and comfort of Hospice of Southwest Georgia.
“I had 18 years to prepare for this, from 2002; you would’ve thought we would’ve been well prepared when the time came,” said Cathy’s husband, Richard Mooney. “You cannot imagine the care, the comfort, the help and the professional aid Hospice brings during those difficult times. I’m not saying we couldn’t have survived but it would’ve been extremely more difficult to have gone through this process without the Hospice program you have at Archbold.”
“They are just a wonderful family that has always supported hospice so it was very appropriate this year that the Mooney family be honored in memory of Cathy,” added Middleton.
On behalf of everyone at the Archbold Foundation and Hospice of Southwest Georgia, thank you for your continued support. Should you have questions, please call the Archbold Foundation office at 229-228-2924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below listings for tributes made to the Tree of Lights in 2020.