WV Caring helps remember loved ones during the holiday season

GRAFTON—For the past 35 years, West Virginia Caring has held its “Light up a Life” annual campaign to raise money for their patient care services. 

West Virginia Caring of North Central West Virginia is one of the oldest non-profit hospice organizations who provide end-of-life care for people who have life-limiting illnesses without the ability to pay.

With the holiday season upon us, it is a very special way to remember loved ones that have passed away or honor those living and those who are suffering illness.  West Virginia Caring, formerly Hospice Care Corporation’s Annual “Light up a Life” event runs every year from mid-November through December. 

The Light up a Life campaign is one of West Virginia Caring’s biggest fundraisers of the year. 

“It is important to know that 100% of the money raised by West Virginia Caring stays here in our area to help patients and families receive the care they deserve”, said Cynthia Woodyard, Vice president of Public Affairs.

For a donation, individuals can place a light, ornament or special keepsake angel on the tree.  Special keepsake ornaments differ from year to year. 

Donations are made in memory or honor of a friend or loved one.  Everyone who is remembered or honored is entered in a memory book, which is displayed throughout the season. 

As in years past, this Monday, December 3, they held their tree lighting at Grafton City Hospital, in the main waiting area.  Hospital staff, West Virginia Caring employees and the public turned out to see the lovely blue and silver tree lit. 

Those in attendance shared that it was truly a moving experience as people hung their ornaments on the tree in honor or remembrance of their loved ones. 

Music was provided by West Virginia Caring employee, Rachel Dunn and her husband, Bobby, who performed “Silver and Gold” and ended the lighting with “Silent Night”. 

For more information about participating with “Light up a Life,” contact West Virginia caring at 1-800-350-1161, or the Grafton office at 304-265-6340. 


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