(T-G Photo by Tracy Simmons)
Lights for Love is an annual tradition, sponsored this year by the Bedford County Medical Association Alliance. BCMAA is a non-profit volunteer organization of physician spouses dedicated to promoting good health to all Tennesseans and supporting the family of medicine. It's led locally by Barbara Blanton.
Since 2004, the Rotary Club of Shelbyville has sponsored the Lights for Love project.
Donations from the community have provided a patient lift (to aid staff in lifting patients), a patient bathtub lift, a specialized wheel chair, and feeding tables. When Rotary discontinued the project earlier this year, the effort was picked up by the BCMAA. This year's donations will go purchase hydration carts for to the residents.
For every $5 tax deductible contribution by an individual or group, a light will be placed on a special Christmas tree in the lobby of Christian Care Center. Contributions are given to honor or in memory of a friend or loved one. Donations may be made throughout the month of December.
Each donor and recipient's name will be printed on an ornament and displayed on the tree in the lobby of the nursing home.
The tree-lighting ceremony will be held in the front lobby of Christian Care Center at 5:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served afterward.
Students will sing carols in the halls of the facility, and Santa and his wife, Mrs. Claus will be available for photos from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.
As with all events at the center, there's good food and a spirited atmosphere, according to Mike Rabuka, new administrator.