Christmas is in the air at the St. Francis Memorial Hospital work bee today.

Community volunteers are working with the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation staff to fill more than 2,000 envelopes that are being sent to homes around the area this holiday season. It’s part of the annual Tree of Lights campaign, which lets year-round and seasonal residents buy Christmas tree bulbs in honour of lost loved ones.

Jean Stanley has been part of the work bee for more than three years, honouring her husband who was treated for prostate cancer at the hospital. She says her mother also received the friendly and personal care that she needed here.

Stanley says her recent mammogram was handled very well at the hospital.

Vivianne Hruby has been helping with the work bee for over five years, in honour of her husband. She says he received professional care when he had a heart attack after she brought him to the hospital for angina.

Hruby says the personal connection that staff have with their patients makes this hospital different from ones in the city.

Foundation Executive Director Toni Lavigne-Conway says it’s incredible to see the passion that volunteers bring to the work bee year-after-year. She says the stories that they share are the reason why it’s important to continue supporting our local hospital.

Lavigne-Conway says you’ll also get a paper bulb for a tree at the hospital, in honour of those who are being remembered. The annual Tree of Lights celebration is happening December 4th at 6:30pm at the South of 60 Arts Centre/Railways Station. Learn more about the event by clicking here.