KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops Hospice Association is encouraging people to honour the memory of their loved ones this holiday season through the Celebrate a Life Campaign.
"Celebrate a Life is about remembering," said Executive Director Wendy Marlow. "It started 28 years ago with this beautiful memory tree. It's really a chance for people to come and write a memory card and celebrate the life that their loved one lived. You can turn a light from white to red, it just signifies that memory for the loved one."
The campaign takes place at Northills Mall every December.
It's a fundraiser for the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home that also includes a craft fair with donated home-made goods for sale.
"What's important is the life and the memory," Marlow said. "But, what the added benefit to Hospice is with the craft fair is the funds that come to Hospice."
Marlow says the goal is to raise $20,000 through this year's campaign.
These funds will be used to purchase medical equipment for the hospice home.
"There are two things that are on our list right now," Marlow said. "We have a blanket warmer and we have a new lift, so when we're lifting patients off their bed to ... put them in the tub. So we need a new lift and a blanket warmer."
The Celebrate a Life campaign started Dec. 1 and will remain open to the public during mall hours until the Dec. 23, at which time there will be a draw for raffle prizes.
"There're three great prizes, a beautiful queen size hand-made quilt, a TV, and (gift cards) are available also."
More importantly, Marlow says, is the opportunity to remember the family and friends who are no longer here.
"Come and remember and come and enjoy the crafts and support our local hospice. We're very blessed to have a hospice in Kamloops."
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