Honor a loved one while helping a great cause


 WEBSTER— For most, one of the more memorable parts of the holidays is time spent with family and friends, sharing in memories and making new ones and exchanging gifts of varying degrees.

One organization is offering a unique gift experience for individuals to memorialize a loved one during the holiday season, either living or deceased.

The annual Anna Jarvis Memorial Christmas Tree, at the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum, located at 3576 Webster Pike, just four miles south of Grafton on US Route 119, will be lit with sparkling lights honoring loved ones near and far.

“The memorial lights are a perfect gift to honor a loved one who has passed one, or a great way to show you care for someone that’s still with you,” shared Olive Ricketts, museum curator.

She revealed that the memorial light sale is one of the museum’s annual fundraisers that helps pay the gas and other utility bills over the winter months, when the weather makes attendance at the museum dwindle 

 “So, please think about purchasing a memorial bulb or light in honor of your loved ones,” Ricketts commented.

According to Ricketts, gold memorial lights can be purchased for $25 each, and other lights are available for only $5 each. Some of the other colored lights include blue ones for veterans.

“Individuals may purchase lights for this year’s memorial tree now,” Ricketts shared. “In addition to adding their lights to the tree, their names will be read aloud during the tree lighting ceremony.” 

Those interested in purchasing a light for a loved one should contact the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum by phone at 304-265-5549. Applications can also be picked up at the museum, during their business hours.

The deadline for applications will be December 1. 

The lights may be viewed during the Anna Jarvis House’s Tree Lighting on December 12, at 2:00 p.m.

 Prior to the tree lighting ceremony, the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum will be hosting their annual Holiday Open House on December 5, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

“I will not have the Christmas tours this year because of the possibility of a potential shut down due to the current pandemic,” said Ricketts. “So, for this year, we will forego the extensive decorating, but we will still host our normal tours until January 1.”

Guests are encouraged to stop by the gift shop to find their friends and family something special this holiday season.

“If you are able to help with an extra donation, it is greatly needed at this time,” Ricketts revealed. “It would go toward the construction of a ramp on the welcome center.” 

She expressed that they can’t wait to display the memorial tree, and hope that the public will come out to the special event.

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