Angel Tree Celebration
Hang an ANGEL ‘in memory or honor of’ a family member, friend or colleague who has survived or been affected by illness. Write a message and decorate the Tree. Minimum Donation $10
Norman Wesley Brooks – said - Let Every Day Be Christmas.
Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing and giving, are not to be put away like bells, lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
I believe that Christmas is a tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. It's the spirit of sweet friendship, it is thoughtfulness and kindness. It is hope that is reborn again, - For peace, for understanding - and for goodwill!
For those of you who don’t know my story -- I erected my first angel tree 14 years ago in memory of my mother. For many years – I watched her struggle with diabetes and heart disease. I stood by as she underwent heart surgery and was then diagnosed with a rare blood disease and put on life support. On November 1, 2003 - I watched as the doctors took my mother off Life Support. I know my heart stopped at that very moment – and I couldn’t imagine life without her!
Time seems to freeze when you learn that someone you love is struggling or has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Each time you remember something, it isn’t important what the memory is, what is important is that each time you remember something it warms your heart and brings a smile to your face.
It is my wish, that my mother would be very proud knowing that we have over 43 Angels trees on display across Canada at different regional hospitals.
Each season I am flooded with emotion, as I receive messages from so many – sharing their stories, and what the Angel Tree truly means to them. From one parent to another, donating organs from one son to another, to a husband who lost his wife just before Christmas, to everyone who has struggled with a loss of family member or friend - to Mrs. Gordon last Christmas who prayed for a miracle – who stood by the Angel Tree day after day and prayed that her husband would wake-up – so that he would be able to walk their daughter down the aisle at her wedding.
This year we are celebrating our 7th year for the Angel Tree to be on display at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and I overwhelmed with all the love, support, and donations that we have received over the years.
I am so very proud that we have raised close to $150,000 for Larche Communications R4R and now R4C all in support of RVH’s Hearts & Minds. I could not have done this without the support of my family, friends, colleagues, supporters and sponsors. It is like someone waved a magic wand, and behold everything is softer and more beautiful! So thank you!
I would like to wish everyone all the best, this holiday season, and personally thank you for being in my life.
Sincerely; with all my love and appreciation, Brenda Stanley