True meaning of Christmas on display as WDMH lights Wish Tree

Morrisburg Public School Grade 5-6 teacher Sarah Barclay-Thomas (front, right) and some students from the school, during their Dec. 15 visit to Winchester District Memorial Hospital, where they handed out hand-made Christmas cards to patients. From left, Christian, Emma Carswell, Zoey Britton, Jaden Casselman, Harmony and Liam. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News
Morrisburg Public School student Jaden Casselman presents a card to WDMH patient Sadie Levesque. Courtesy photo

Morrisburg Public School student Jaden Casselman presents a card to WDMH patient Sadie Levesque. Courtesy photo

Emma Carswell, in Grade 5, and Zoey Britton, Grade 2, flip the switch on this year's Christmas Wish Tree at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Emma Carswell, in Grade 5, and Zoey Britton, Grade 2, flip the switch on this year’s Christmas Wish Tree at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — Seven Morrisburg Public School students brought special meaning to the annual Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) Foundation’s Christmas Wish Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thurs., Dec. 15.

Two of the visiting children flipped the switch to light the massive tree in the hospital lobby while the Seaway Valley Singers serenaded the crowd. Before the ceremony, the students toured the hospital to hand out handmade festive cards to patients — 527 cards in all.

Kristen Casselman, Foundation Managing Director, thanked the students: “Santa will be very pleased to see that you were here at the hospital sharing your Christmas spirit with our patients.
Thank you for coming today and for making such nice cards.”

Over the past 19 years, the Christmas Wish Tree has raised more than $850,000 for WDMH’s highest priority needs. “This Christmas tree is so much more than a Christmas Tree,” noted Casselman. “It’s an annual tradition that helps keep memories alive. It’s a way for us to thank and honour those who are important to us. And it provides much-needed funding so that WDMH can provide compassionate, excellent healthcare to each of us when we need it. It represents love, generosity, compassion and hope. Thank you to our generous donors and sponsors for thinking
of WDMH at this busy time of year.”

Donations are still being accepted for the Christmas Wish Tree. Drop by the Foundation office or a local Scotiabank branch, call 613-774-2422 ext. 6162 or visit the donation page.

 


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