Holiday trees more than just decorations

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Two Suffolk organizations establish trees each holiday as a visible reminder about important features of the season.

The first group is the Pilot Club of Suffolk Inc. Each year, in cooperation with Suffolk Police, the women of the local branch plant and maintain a green-lit tree at the corner of East Constance Road and North Main Street.

The bulbs will stay green as long as there are no vehicle-related fatalities. In such an event, a red bulb will replace a green one. All this is to simply remind drivers to use extra caution this month and avoid becoming a tragic statistic.

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The second organization is the Obici Hospital’s Auxiliary Volunteers Program. The members annually coordinate the Tree of Lights ceremony that can include residents’ participation. For a nominal donation of $5, you can buy a light in honor or memory of someone; there’s an option of shining even brighter with a $100, which will buy a light in the star atop the tree. Naturally, proceeds will be used by the auxiliary for its community projects.

A ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the hospital. In addition to the lighting, there will be carolers, refreshments and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus. Call 934-3789 for details about how you can brighten the tree.

We urge you to participate in both groups’ activities.

First, pay attention when driving; stay off the cell phone, don’t rush through yellow lights; stop for red lights; and don’t drink and drive.

Second, come out Thursday and get into the spirit of the season.