By Jeff D’Alessio Source: The News Enterprise
The Hardin Memorial Health Auxiliary has kicked off the holiday season with its annual Let Christmas Shine fundraiser. The public is invited to remember or honor a loved one or caregiver this holiday season with the purchase of a light on the HMH Christmas display.
For the first time, lights can be purchased online at www.hmh.net/letchristmasshine.
Each person who is honored and a family member or loved one of each person remembered receives a card acknowledging the gift of light and an invitation to the Let Christmas Shine tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the gift shop lobby of the hospital.
“This is a great way to remember or honor a loved one or an HMH employee who provided expert care,” said Clara Mae Druen, HMH auxiliary president in a news release. “We know everyone has busy schedules and can’t always get to the hospital to make the purchase so we are pleased to offer a way to participate online.”
Brother Mike Bell of Glendale Christian Church said he purchases lights every year to support the auxiliary and to honor those he loves.
“The ladies and gentlemen of the auxiliary are so important to the community,” Bell said in the release. “I will tell you, as a minister, you can’t make it without those people in those pink jackets.”
Bell also buys a light to honor and remember the people he appreciates in his life.
“It’s important to let people know you’re thinking of them,” he said. “This year I will make sure a light is shining to remember my wife who left us in January. She’s shining, and the light is shining – and now others will see that light.”
Druen said all money raised from the sales is used toward scholarships the auxiliary awards every year for local students pursuing an education in the medical profession.
“We’ve awarded scholarships for more than 25 years,” she said.
Scholarship recipient and Central Hardin High School graduate Seth Sereff said he knew early on that he wanted to be a doctor. This fall, he began attending the University of Louisville on the pre-med track.
“It really felt good to have the support of my hometown hospital,” he said in the news release. “It makes me proud to know that HMH is supporting the young people from this area, and I’m proud to be one of those who received that support.”
Druen said she hopes the online sales option will allow more people to participate and provide more scholarships for students.
In order to cover credit card fees, online sales of individual lights will be $5 while individual lights purchased at the hospital remain $2. The cost of strands, shrubs and spotlights are the same online and at the hospital.
In-hospital light sales are through Nov. 20
■ HARDIN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FRONT DESK. B9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
■ NORTH TOWER. 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday
■ WOMEN’S CARE. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday
■ ONLINE lights can be purchased at the hospital online at www.hmh.net/letchristmasshine.