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12/21/2017 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 3/4/2019 11:05:04 AM CENTRAL
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‘Lights of Life’ tree helps grieving families this year

One to see, one to keep – Each donor for the “Lights of Life” tree in the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital lobby receives an extra star to keep or to share. The stars celebrate, honor or remember lives that matter.  This year the stars help raise funds for the Share chapter, which provides support to families who have lost babies during pregnancy or childbirth. To learn more about placing a star, please call 660-890-7108.

The lobby at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital glows with hundreds of tiny Christmas tree lights. Nestled among the lights are silver stars, each one printed with the name of a life that matters.

More than 50 stars already are on the tree to celebrate, honor or remember loved ones, said Deanna Hendrich with the GVMH Foundation.

This year the “Lights of Life” proceeds will go to the local Share chapter, she said. The Share support group helps families who have lost babies during pregnancy or infancy. Kelsey and Brian Himes, Clinton, formed the chapter after losing a child at birth.

“The stars are a meaningful way for our community to help grieving families during an especially difficult time of year,” Hendrich said. “The funds can provide a baseball with a tiny handprint, a book about coping with an unimaginable loss or supplies for the monthly meetings. More important, a gift helps families know they are not alone.”

A star can be added for a $20 tax-deductible gift through December 22, and an extra star is given to the donor to keep or share. Contributions to support the Share chapter are accepted year-round.

“Lights of Life” contribution forms are available at the information desk at the hospital or donations can be made online at  For more information, please call 660-890-7108 or email