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Vidant North Hospital’s Development Council lit the first Lights of Love tree which is located on the hospital campus. 

Each tree light represents a gift of hope and love in honor or in memory of loved ones, friends, and colleagues.  

The lights on the tree are special and unique ways to express appreciation and gratitude for those who are special. 

It is the hope of the development council that through the tradition of Lights of Love, the tree will become a visual reminder of generosity and celebration each and every Christmas not only on the Vidant North campus, but as well as in the Roanoke Rapids Community.  

“It is exciting to kick off the holiday season by lighting this tree which is full of shining reminders of all the people who have touched our lives in meaningful ways. We are so appreciative of the generosity and expressions of love through these Lights of Love gifts,” said Jason Harrell, president, Vidant North Hospital. 

Don Bright, owner of Meherrin River Forest Products, graciously donated the tree in honor and appreciation of all of the team members at Vidant North Hospital. 

“We weren’t just excited about lighting an actual tree on our campus, though that was part of it, but we were actually really thrilled by what the Lights of Love program would mean to our hospital,” said Jerry Schill, vice chair, Vidant North Hospital’s Development Council. “Each light represents a gift — an actual donation that has been made in honor or in memory of a loved one.  Each gift benefits the Hope Fund, which supports the hospital’s greatest need.  Lights that are purchased help patients and families by funding programs and services; special equipment needed for women and pediatric services; advanced technology; and physical improvements to the hospital. “

The ceremony included a  few Christmas carols provided by The Lake Gaston Baptist Praise Team. 

The foundation said it is thankful for those who donated in honor or memory of family, friends, and loved ones, including:  Mrs. Gail P. Beale, Mrs. Peggy Benton, Mrs. Paul Burton, Mr. Melvin Chaffin, Martha Courser, Ms. Mary Davis, Alfred and Joyce D’Ottavio, Doughtie Realty, Mrs. Diane Tanner Elliott, Warner and Charlotte Ferguson, Mr. Hugh Fowler, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Garner, Eloise Hardee, Mr. Jason Harrell, Mrs. Karen Ann Hines, Ms. Nicole Kiley, Dr. and Mrs. Christian Lehman, Barbara Moore, Mike and Rebecca Newton, Cindy Robinson, Captain and Mrs. J.E. Schill, Ann Boyd Smith and Ms. Lisa Turner.