Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Service League Volunteers are
celebrating the holiday season with a Remembrance Tree. The Remembrance
Tree is located in the Merrill Lobby waiting area of the hospital and
is decorated with beautiful white angels and displayed on a rotating stand.
Each angel has the name of a person who brought great joy and or continues
to bring happiness to a person’s life.
“This is a beautiful and special tradition that continues to benefit
many people in our community,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO
of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “The proceeds of the
angel ornaments are used to purchase items that are included in the cancer
comfort bags given to patients at the Cancer Resource Center. We are grateful
to our dedicated volunteers for continuing this wonderful tradition.”
People purchased the angel ornaments for five dollars to honor a loved
one. The angels with personalized names remain on the tree through January
3rd and are later mailed to the person who made the tribute. That person
can choose to keep the ornament or gift it to someone else.
“People buy the angel ornaments in honor of someone who continues
to bring joy to their lives, it can be a family member, a co-worker, a
volunteer, or someone who has passed away,” says Diane Downey a
SVMHS Service League Volunteer. “You feel good because you did something
for someone else and patients, visitors and employees can enjoy a beautiful
and unique Christmas tree throughout the holiday season.”
For more information on volunteering opportunities at SVMHS visit