Love lights way for Christian Care Center equipment

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Kicking off the annual Lights of Love are, from left, Jamie Bloom, Julie West, Brenda Monajjem, Dr. Howard Rupard, Marcie Barr, Barbara Blanton and Mike Rabuka. (Submitted photo)

One of Bedford County's annual traditions both supports the residents of Christian Care Center and kicks off the Christmas season.

Lights for Love is 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.

Symbolic lights

For every $5 tax deductible contribution by an individual or group, a light will be placed on a special Christmas tree in the lobby.

Contributions are given to honor or in memory of a friend or loved one and 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 center will hold its holiday open house on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The lighting of the tree will be held at 5:30 p.m., and children may have their photos made with Santa beginning at 6:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterward.

The Lights of Love fundraising efforts are being led by BCMAA President Barbara Blanton, Treasurer Brenda Monajjem and member Marcie Barr.

Lasting results

The project has taken place since 2004, and donations from the community have provided a patient lift, a patient bathtub lift, a specialized wheel chair, feeding tables and a new communications system.

When Rotary discontinued the project last year, the effort was picked up by BCMAA. This year's donations are earmarked for the purchase of a new portable wheelchair scale.

Contributions may be mailed to Lights for Love, in care of the Bedford County Medical Association Alliance, 114 Fairway View Drive, Shelbyville, TN 37160.