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Local and national charities focus on lights

January 3, 2019

MUNCY - The world watched in early December when funeral services were held for former President George H. W. Bush who died on Nov. 30, 2018. The memorial event brought back positive memories and little-known unheralded accolades of a life dedicated to others. Perhaps one of the most notable was when the late President Bush gave his overcoat to an usher who appeared chilly at his church in Texas.

We need only look in our own community to the "Lights of Love," another selfless act of generosity. For the 24th consecutive year, the event was held at the UPMC Muncy Valley Hospital campus.

Joni Wallis from the Muncy Valley Hospital Auxiliary lauded the maintenance staff for stringing lights. "So many are the twinkling bulbs that to those who drive by, they give off radiance of a thousand lights."

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Pastor Robert Bieber did a blessing and spoke at the annual Lights of Love event on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the UPMC Muncy Valley Hospital.

Wallis also had praise for Paulhamus Litho of Montoursville. "Each year they come to update and replace the list of donors on the display chart inside the hospital." She also said, "This is the second year we've held the service indoors where more guests have been able to attend. Individuals donate in remembrance of relatives or friends with proceeds going to purchase items for the hospital which in turn helps those who come here."

As 2019 will be the 25th anniversary of the "Lights of Love," the hospital auxiliary hopes to make it a banner year. A scroll of names in memory is on display in the main lobby of the hospital.

Proceeds from this year's Lights of Love will be used toward the purchase of an Allen Bow Frame which allows patients to be safely positioned during surgical procedures. "It makes positioning the patient easier and safer for care providers," said Wallis.

Some of the proceeds also will be used toward the purchase of a walk-through model SCIFIT PRO Series Total and Upper Body Exerciser for outpatient rehabilitation services.

Committee members for 2018 Lights of Love were Sharon Goss, Doris Hess, Linda Holsinger, Elaine Leaver, Sandy Ravert, Bill Ritter, Joanie and David Wallis.

In his 1989 inaugural address, President Bush popularized the term "A thousand points of life" when he said, "This is America . . . a brilliant diversity spread like stars in a broad peaceful sky."



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