As the year comes to a close and we again enter into the winter holiday season, it is hard not to think about the giving and receiving of gifts as an important part of holiday tradition. Some of us are even blessed to have realized the truth in the old adage that giving a thoughtful gift is truly better than receiving one ourselves.
What is the Make the Season Bright Program?
For more than 25 years the Med Center Health Foundation’s Make the Season Bright Program has offered a uniquely thoughtful way to honor someone who is personally special, while supporting health-centered missions for those whom they might never meet. It’s like giving two meaningful gifts with a single gesture!
How does the program work?
Beginning in early November, anyone can “purchase” a holiday light in honor or memory of someone special in their lives. Lights can be purchased through the foundation for $10, $25, $50, or $100 levels, which will then be placed and lit on a special outdoor tree at The Medical Centers in Bowling Green, Scottsville and Franklin Kentucky during the first week of December. While trees will be lit on all three Medical Center campuses, a public lighting ceremony will only take place at The Medical Center in Bowling Green.
How can I help?
What does it mean to ‘Light It Up All Year?’
If a donor, for example, chooses a $10 light level of recognition and then checked the “Light It Up All Year” box, a gift will become a monthly gift of $10 until directed otherwise, instead of just a one time gift of $10. As a symbol of that gesture, lighted star shaped lanterns will hang in the windows of The Hospitality House all year long as a tribute to those who wish to keep the lights burning all year long.
How will the person I recognize know I have made a donation in their honor?
After a donation is received and the donor has indicated that they wish for an acknowledgment to be sent, a card will be forwarded as requested. Gifts can also be given anonymously.
How will the donations be used?
The Foundation supports varied non-profit initiatives including Med Center Health’s Community Clinic and Dental Clinic, Guardian Angel Program, The Hospitality House, Cancer Treatment for Southern Kentucky, Health Sciences Simulation Lab, nursing and physician student scholarships, and health and wellness initiatives such as the Med Center Franklin’s Walking Trail Project and Med Center Scottsville’s Cal Turner Courtyard Renovation—just to mention a few! Each year the Foundation chooses an initiative with the greatest need to support through Make the Season Bright.
What is the Tree Lighting Ceremony?
There is something to touch everyone’s heart during the program, including beautiful holiday music, heartfelt testimonials, and the actual lighting of the outdoor tree. Perhaps the most special is the lighting of candles and a moment of silence to honor those represented by the lights that have been lit. Afterwards there is more music, holiday cookies and hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa for the kids.