to host memorial service
St. Mary’s Hospital will once again host a Memorial Service on Saturday, December 4 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Dining Room to honor those in our community who have passed away during the past year.
Family members and the public are invited to attend. Participants may write the name of a loved one on the white ornament provided by the hospital or they are welcome to bring their own. The ornaments will hang throughout the holiday season on the Memorial Tree.
A memorial book listing the community members who have died during the year will also be on display. Participants are welcome to bring a photo of their loved one.
The hospital will also erect a Tree of Lights on their front lawn with a string of white lights to represent those who died the past year and a string of blue lights to honor those who are seriously ill.
“When we have lost someone we love the holidays can be a time of sadness, knowing we’ll miss our departed friends and family even more,” said Sr. Barbara Jean. “But it is also a time to celebrate the happiness they brought to us and to honor their memories. I welcome people to join us in the Memorial Service. It’s a gentle way of sharing.”
SMHC Angel Tree to help Santa again
For the seventh year St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics will sponsor a Christmas ‘Angel Tree’ for low income families in the area.
Families in need are encouraged to call Sr. Barbara Jean Glodowski or Cheri Holthaus at SMHC, 962.3251 before Thanksgiving. They will confidentially record the child’s name, age, gender, clothing sizes and gift requests. Gift requests should not exceed $25. Names will be accepted until December 10th.
A number will then be assigned to each child to protect privacy and a paper ornament will be made with the information. The ornaments will be hung on the Angel Tree next to the Chapel entrance for hospital personnel and community ‘elves’ to select. Those generous persons will then purchase the gifts, wrap them, attach the ornament and return the presents by Friday, December 17th so families can pick them up on Wednesday, December 22nd from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
The ‘Angel Tree’ will be set up over the Thanksgiving holidays so elves and others can select an ornament.
SMHC works in conjunction with the Cottonwood Food Bank to also prepare food boxes for the ‘Angel Tree’ families.
“Some of our area families are struggling financially. The holidays are often the time when you feel it the most, so our hospital is here to help through the annual Angel Tree project,” said Sr. Barbara Jean Glodowski, Mission Services Director. “Community residents have been very generous in the past, not only selecting ornaments and purchasing gifts, but we’ve also received financial donations so we could purchase gifts for the ornaments that don’t get picked or so we can buy additional food items for the food boxes.”
If you would like to make a financial donation for the Angel Tree Project please send to Sr. Barbara Jean’s attention c/o St. Mary’s Hospital, 701 Lewiston St., Cottonwood, Idaho. 83522.