Gail P. Stahlberg: The season of giving and tree-lighting 

  • Cooley Dickinson in Northampton. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Published: 10/26/2020 3:52:11 PM

There is a great deal of uncertainty which engulfs us. Thus we look for that which offers comfort and a sense of normalcy. Friends of Cooley Dickinson and the Pastoral Care Department will once again sponsor the Trees of Love and Thanksgiving, a yearly fundraising initiative.

On Nov. 22 at 4:30 p.m., please join us in an online virtual tree-lighting ceremony. The Healing Garden at Cooley Dickinson Hospital will be aglow with lights representing those honored and/or memorialized by family, friends and neighbors. The illumination of the trees in not only a visual expression but also a symbolic one of love, thanksgiving and hope. It can bring solace and is especially meaningful as we approach the season of giving.

The mission of the drive is twofold. It gives an opportunity to personalize your gift while at the same time to support CDH in its commitment to the well-being of your community, a need more pressing now than ever. The funds raised this year will purchase a cardiac echo bed, which is designed to enhance patient care. A portion of your donation will buy 12 infant car beds to provide safe transport for underweight babies.

Donor forms have been mailed to those who have given in the past, those who have been acknowledged as well as other members in the community. Donations can also be made online at or by phone at (413) 584-2255 or (413) 582-2256. The link to the virtual ceremony can be found on the website.

Won’t you consider joining in the celebration of love and thanksgiving by contributing $15 for each loved one in your life so that the lights in the Healing Garden shine brightly during the winter months ahead?

Gail P. Stahlberg


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