In 1987, Sister Emilene Wenner, administrator of Divine Providence Hospital, approached the Hospital Auxiliary with a vision of lighting up the hospital campus during the Christmas season. All of the trees and bushes surrounding the hospital would be adorned with lights, each one purchased by friends or relatives representing someone touching a life in a special way in their honor or memory.
The project became the "Lights of Love." Through purchases and donations the project continued to grow. Eventually, the trees across the street would be lit up, as well as the cross on top of the hospital.
In 2012, trees were placed in the main lobby of the hospital and in the Susquehanna Health Cancer Center. Angels, doves and bells adorn the trees - each one honoring someone special.
Shown is a Christmas tree from a past “Lights of Love” event at Divine Providence Hospital.
A time honored tradition still remains and at 6 p.m. today, a lighting ceremony will be held in the lobby of the hospital and Grampian Boulevard will once more glow in the night.
All proceeds from the project are used to enhance patient services.
For more information on the "Lights of Love" and how you can honor or memorialize a loved one, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.