HONESDALE - The annual Love Lites ceremony on the grounds of Wayne Memorial Hospital is set for Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Due to the construction at the hospital, there are no longer trees located at the main entrance so the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be lighting the trees located on the West Street side of the building, just around the corner from the main entrance to the hospital.

What it is about

Love Lites originated in 1991 as a fund-raising project of the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. It was also started as a service to the community in providing a way to remember or honor loved ones during the Christmas holiday season. 

By the symbolic lighting of the lights on the trees outdoors at Wayne Memorial Hospital for our community to see every day throughout the season, we are reminded of the love and caring of family and friends. 

The outdoor ceremony consists of a member of the clergy blessing the Memory Book and features appropriate Christmas music performed by members of St. Tikhon’s choir and the Honesdale High School chorus. The short ceremony is followed by light refreshments in the hospital cafeteria.

The Memory Book containing the names of the loved ones and the donors will be displayed in the hospital lobby from the day the trees are lit until January 7, 2018, and will also be posted on the hospital website. 

Fill out coupon

The Honesdale National Bank has been a strong supporter of this program by enclosing a copy of the coupon in their fall statement mailings. As a result, many participants not affiliated with the hospital are located throughout the immediate area. In addition, the Auxiliary also sends a letter with the coupon to many people who have participated in the past and have relocated elsewhere.

They find a good number who still want to remember their deceased friend or relative by being included in the Love Lites program.

Letters are also sent to various community organizations such as churches and senior citizen centers requesting permission to display the coupons. Anyone may participate in the program by using the attached form. There is a suggested donation of $5.00.

The coupon should be mailed before Wednesday, December 6, with your check made payable to WMH Auxiliary for $5 or each Love Lite in honor or in memory of a named loved one. Send the coupon and check to Diane Fox, 435 Wanoka Rd., Honesdale, PA 18431.

Additional forms will be available in the hospital lobby, online at www.wmh.org, and at various locations in the area. In addition to returning the forms by mail, they can be submitted to the volunteers at the information desk in the hospital lobby on Monday and Friday mornings.

For more information call Diane at 570-253-4378 or Kathie Carlson at 570-226-8115.