Festival of Trees to benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice
PORT ROYAL, SC (WTOC) -
The holiday spirit is in the air at the annual Festival of Trees, which benefits the Friends of Caroline Hospice. Organizations, school children, families, and businesses have decorated dozens of Christmas trees at the Charles Lind Brown Activity Center, all beaming with unique decorations and themes.
"The best part is all of the profits from the event go right into helping terminally ill patients and their loved ones. We care for up to 60, 80, 100 patients," said Heidi Owen, Friends of Caroline Hospice executive director. "In addition to our patients, we care for their family members and ensure they are going to be ok after the death. We follow up with them up to 13 months after the death."
Organizers have a special Memory Tree that is placed front and center. The tree will be used to remember and honor the patients who passed away this past year. They say this fundraiser is critical to keeping their mission going.
"We're the only hospice in the state of North Carolina and South Carolina that provides care to terminally ill patients absolutely at no cost to anyone," said Owen. "We don't receive reimbursements for Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance."
To help kick off this week-long annual holiday event, they will be holding a gala opening reception Monday evening.
"We have 92 trees that are for sale and at the opening reception, folks can buy the trees," said Cheryl Comes, Festival of Trees organizer. "We have trees you can donate to military families. We'll have a silent auction. We will also have 14 local restaurants that will provide food, wine and beer."
The Festival of Trees will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.