NORTHUMBERLAND — SUN Home Health Services has scheduled its annual Tree of Love tree lighting ceremony for Dec. 13.

This year's event will be held in the banquet room at the Front Street Station, beginning at 7 p.m.

The proceeds from this event benefit SUN Home Hospice and the Special Care Team. Established in 1981, SUN Home Hospice has served thousands of patients and their families in Central Pennsylvania.

SUN Home Hospice staff members care for people with life-limiting illnesses. The hospice team at SUN Home has the specialized training needed to help patients and their families cope with the many challenges that come when faced with a life-limiting illness.

According to Maggie Henderson, hospice program manager, "Our hospice team members work closely with the patients and families to meet the goals that are most important to them while enabling them to maintain dignity and quality of life whether it be in their own home or other living arrangement such as a nursing home."

SUN Home also offers a Special Care Team that assists patients facing complex illnesses who are seeking treatment or for those not ready for hospice care.

Community members are invited to place a light on SUN Home's Tree of Love in honor of or in memory of the special people in their lives — past and present.

Families or individuals so honored will receive an announcement by mail that a light has been sponsored in their name.

Since 1990 more than $335,000 has been raised through the Tree of Love and this year's goal is $22,000.

The public is invited to attend the tree-lighting ceremony at the Front Street Station on Dec. 13.

The program will include the tree lighting, musical entertainment by the Lewisburg Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society — The West Branch Chorus, carol singing and refreshments.

For more information about the Tree of Love call SUN Home Health Services' Community Relations Department at 1-800-634-5232, extension 7669 or visit

SUN Home provides home health and hospice services to 14 counties throughout Central Pennsylvania.

For more information regarding these services, call 1-888-478-6227.

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