Love lights a Christmas tree

Donna Summerall
Staff Writer

Members of the Palestine United Methodist Church in Clay County have sponsored “Love Lights a Tree” since 1990. It allows the community to have a light on the church Christmas tree in honor of, or in memory of, a loved one for a $5 donation.
Each year, the United Methodist men’s and women’s groups light the memorial tree, a fundraising effort in which residents may spend $5 to have one of the multicolored lights on the church’s Christmas tree lit in honor of someone dear. The money raised from the initiative is divided equally among the men’s and women’s groups and goes to benefit various church projects. Keith Thompson, men’s group secretary and treasurer, said money collected will be used for community outreach efforts and disaster relief, such as helping a family victimized by fire or bringing fruit baskets to the elderly and shut ins during the holiday season.
“It’s mostly used here in the community,” Thompson said. “Like if people have someone sick in the hospital and need help with travel money or a place to stay or families in the area need assistance, just basic stuff in the community.”
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