30th Annual Tree of Remembrance
LAURINBURG – Harris Teeter has once again welcomed the Tree of Remembrance, a cherished holiday tradition, into their Laurinburg store. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Scotland Regional Hospice sponsored fundraiser with all collected donations used to provide excellent hospice care and bereavement services to our community. Each $5 donation allows the generous contributor to place an angel on the tree in honor or memory of someone.
Harris Teeter, which began hosting the tree in 1999, is always a gracious host offering up valuable sales floor space during the busy holiday shopping season. “I’ve been associated with this event for five years”, said Mike Cruse, Co-Manager of Harris Teeter. “It is a vastly known event in this area. People support it, they look forward to it, and they expect it; so for us to be able to do it is a blessing. We’re glad to do it.”
Beacham McDougald, of McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium, has donated the tree to Scotland Regional Hospice since the Tree of Remembrance event began. “I’ve done it every year since 1986”, McDougald said about donating the tree. “This will be the 30th tree.” After this year’s tree was set into place, McDougald positioned a plaid clad angel at the top of the tree that was purchased by the hospice organization in honor of the McDougald family for their years of generosity and support.
The community volunteers of Scotland Regional Hospice generously give their time during the month to collect donations at the tree. They will manage the fundraiser from 10am – 6pm Monday through Saturday and from 1:30pm – 5:30pm on Sunday through December 23rd.
“This is my first year assisting with the Tree of Remembrance, and I am in awe of the amount of support that we have already received from the community for this event,” said Deon Cranford, Director of Public Relations for Scotland Regional Hospice. “Through their hard work, compassion, and generosity; our volunteer coordinator Carol Lee, our administrative assistant Bunny Hasty, our board member Catherine McLaurin, and our team of wonderful volunteers have taught me the importance that this great holiday tradition has on our organization’s mission of caring.”