The Western Maine Veterans’ Advisory Committee is sponsoring the “Tree of Caring” in front of the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris. From left are Joe Cooney, committee chairman, and Dick Young, tree bulb chairman.

‘Tree of Caring’ goes up at vet home

PARIS – The Western Maine Veterans’ Advisory Committee is preparing to light the “Tree of Caring” located in front of the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris. Those wishing may purchase a light in memory or in honor of a loved one.

The list is posted in the lobby from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. “It has become a highlight of the Christmas season,” said Megan Curtis, receptionist, “I love to watch the residents and visitors approach the list. When they find a familiar name, their faces usually light up with the smile of a fond memory.”

The official tree-lighting ceremony will take place at the home at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.

The tree will remain lit through New Year’s and the list of honorees and their donors will be displayed in the lobby during that time.

All proceeds from the Tree of Caring support the activities and special needs of the residents, which is the sole mission of the Western Maine Veterans’ Advisory Committee.

Bulbs can be purchased for $5 each at the home or by mailing a donation and information to Dick Young, Bulb Committee chairman, 159 Paris Hill Road, South Paris, ME 04281.

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