by Jane Adams
While much has changed in 2020, this annual tradition has not! The Judy Lannin Christmas Wish Tree provides a special way to honour or remember family and friends with a gift to the WDMH Foundation.
Proceeds go to the Family Care Fund to help ensure that WDMH can continue to provide compassionate, excellent health care – close to home.
Donors can make a donation online at www.wdmhfoundation.ca, or call the Foundation office at 613-774-2422 ext. 6162. Names submitted with donations will be placed on ornaments and displayed on the trees.
“For those of us who have made an in-memoriam gift, we are missing someone from our lives. But they are always there, in our hearts and in the back of our minds. For those of us who have made a gift in honour of someone, we are grateful to know you, and we value you more than you will know,” notes Kristen Casselman, Managing Director. “We each have our own way of remembering, reflecting, showing appreciation, and caring. Thank you.”
This year, due to the COVID-19 screening process in WDMH’s front lobby, the giant tree is being replaced by smaller trees located on the mezzanine above the lobby. On December 19, at 5 pm, the WDMH Foundation will hold a virtual tree lighting ceremony which will be live-streamed on the WDMH Foundation Facebook page.
“We hope everyone can tune in from home to see the trees lit up and enjoy the entertainment,” says Cindy Peters, Manager, Direct Mail & Events.
“We are grateful to everyone in our local communities – for the many individuals, groups and organizations who give; for all those who decorate our tree every year in memory or honour of someone; and to the volunteers for your special acts of kindness,” sums up WDMH Foundation Board Chair, Peter Krajcovic. “It is only because of all of these people that we are able to ensure that the WDMH team has the right tools needed to care for patients and families – so close to home.”
Special thanks to the many sponsors of The Judy Lannin Christmas Wish Tree.