Tree-lighting ceremony benefits Cancer Society
The 2012 tree-lighting ceremony at MC Bank in Morgan City, La.
The Love Lights a Tree annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held Tuesday.
The event, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Victor II Boulevard branch of M C Bank, is designed to remember and honor those touched by cancer.
Patrons still through Tuesday can dedicate a Christmas tree ornament to a loved one or friend, M C Bank representative Frances Dupre said.
“It’s all by donations. I’ve accepted everything from pennies from children to hundreds from companies,” Dupre said.
All of the money raised benefits the research and education arm of American Cancer Society, she added.
In reality though, Dupre said, it’s not about the money.
“I’ve had people say, ‘I can’t go buy my loved one a gift at Christmas time because they’re gone.’ So, this is a way to remember them during the holidays,” Dupre said.
During Tuesday’s event, the Holy Cross Catholic Church youth choir and the One Accord Gospel Band will perform. Having children sing “helps us to remember there’s a future and that we need to show good examples. That we can go on. There’s life after cancer,” Dupre said.
Often the children volunteer to sing because they’ve had a family member touched by cancer, Dupre said.
The adult and child groups join forces at the end of the event for a final upbeat Christmas song, she added.
Love Lights a Tree is a free event that is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Additionally, a Toys for Tots donation box will be available at the event, and donations of non-perishable goods can be dropped off at the event in anticipation of the following day’s Food for Families food drive.
The food drive will be held at the bank from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. as part of Acadiana’s Food Net drive, and local donations benefit St. Mary Outreach.
“We are so busy. Life is very fast-paced. (Love Lights a Tree) allows us to pause for one hour,” Dupre said.
For information or to reserve an ornament, call Dupre at 985-384-2100.