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"Lights of Love" starts

By Lars Trodson | Nov 22, 2013
Photo by: Lars Trodson Volunteer Teri McCombe and Block Island Health Services Co-chair Cindy Baute put the finishing touches on the "Lights of Love" tree in the lobby of the medical center. "Lights of Love" donors can remember a friend or loved one while helping the medical center.

Is there someone in your life you’d like to honor? Perhaps one of the best ways to do that, during the holiday season, is to remember someone while at the same time doing something good for others.

That’s the purpose behind “Lights of Love,” the annual fundraising campaign for the Block Island Medical Center. A donation of any amount, large or small, provides the donor an opportunity to remember a friend, family member or loved one — anyone or anything, really — and that donation will go directly to fund the operating costs of the medical center.

“Lights of Love” started about 10 years ago, according to medical center Executive Director Barbara Baldwin. There was, originally, a Christmas tree outside the medical center, but today the tree, created by former Block Island school arts teacher Teri McCombe, is in the lobby of the building. Honorees will have their names attached to a decoration that will be attached to the tree.

Potential donors have already been contacted by mail, but according to Cindy Baute, co-chair of the Block Island Health Services Fundraising Committee, anyone can participate. “You can also drop off a donation,” said Baute, or call Baldwin at 466-2125. “We want people to beat the doors down.”

The program has raised about $18,000 in the past four years.

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