Hospice’s Festival of Trees to share ‘Collected Memories’

By: Staff report

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Hospice’s annual Festival of Trees will share “Collected Memories” during this year’s 32nd festival, which begins today at 1 p.m.

The annual holiday benefit for Southeastern Hospice, Southeastern Health’s nonprofit program of care for terminally ill patients and their families, will feature theme trees and is being held in the Osterneck Auditorium, located at 102 N. Chestnut St., across from the Robeson County Public Library. It takes place today 1 to 5 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fresh-baked goodies, specialty food, crafts and gift items, such as holiday ornaments, wreaths and centerpieces, are being sold in the Festival’s Santa Shop, which operates only during the days of the Festival.

A special Memorial Tree, which features the names of Southeastern Hospice patients who have passed away over the past year, also will be featured at the event.

“This is an exciting time of year as we kick off the Christmas season with trees that are lovingly decorated by local artisans and are sponsored by our community businesses and individuals who support the exceptional care that Southeastern Hospice brings to this region,” said Ann McLean, Festival coordinator.

Tickets for the festival may be bought at the door. Admission is $3 for adults, and $2 for seniors and children over the age of 12. Southeastern Health employees who present a badge, children under 12, and members of Southeastern Health’s PrivilegesPlus program who present their membership card will be admitted at no charge.

All proceeds benefit Southeastern Hospice, Southeastern Hospice House and Camp Care, a summer camp for children ages 8 to 16 who have lost a loved one. Donations are tax-deductible.

Call 910-671-5007 for more information about the Festival.

Southeastern Hospice’s annual Festival of Trees begins today

Staff report