The Johnson City Woman’s Club is bringing back its Magical Memory Tree, a holiday memorial from which proceeds from the sale of lights this year will honor the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Memory Tree, which for many holiday seasons stood across from The Mall at Johnson City near the intersection of North Roan Street and Mountcastle Drive, has missed a few Christmases but will return this year at a new location, the lobby of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center.
The lights are $5 each and available for purchase from the club, which will pass along all proceeds to the children’s hospital to benefit its young patients. Club member Jane Conley said the lights may be purchased in memory of the victims or in honor of the heroes of Sept. 11, or in honor or memory of anyone.
The club will host a public decorating party for the tree in the children’s hospital lobby Nov. 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Jonesborough Novelty Band will provide entertainment for the party and refreshments will be served. A program listing the names of everyone honored or memorialized by a light on the tree will be displayed at the decorating party and at a tree lighting ceremony to be hosted by the hospital.
To add to the festiveness of the memorial lights, club members are decorating children’s books with holiday ribbons and candy canes to place on and around the tree and will give the books to pediatric patients at the hospital at Christmas.
For many years, the club decorated the giant fir on North Roan with red ribbons and sold memorial lights in honor of veterans and others to help build the new hospital guest house planned for construction adjacent to Johnson City Medical Center and Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
While the drive for the hospital guest house is continuing and is slowly closing in on the total needed to begin construction, Conley said the club chose the children’s hospital as the recipient of the Magical Memory Tree proceeds this year. “Our goal is to raise money for the children’s hospital and give the young patients a happy evening,” she said.
For those who wish to purchase a light for the tree, donations may be mailed to Johnson City Woman’s Club, P.O. Box 4313 CRS, Johnson City, TN 37602.