Published on December 20, 2018

Patients to Benefit from Love Light Trees Support

Photo of Dr. Wassenaar at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot's Love Light Trees.

Sara Wassenaar, D.D.S., chair of MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot’s Love Light Trees event, is shown surrounded by hospital lobby trees adorned with ornaments made by children from area schools.

The 31st annual Love Light Trees ceremony and candle lighting remembrance event was celebrated at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot by employees, volunteers and community members. Nearly $4,000 has been donated thus far to the MidMichigan Health Foundation for the Love Light Trees program to support equipment needs and patient enhancements for the Medical Center in Gratiot. Sara Wassenaar, D.D.S., served as chair of the event.

Guests witnessed the Love Light Trees being lit in a comforting ceremony that included a time of reflection. Guests were greeted by MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot Volunteers. Entertainment was provided by the Gratiot County Midstatesmen Barbershop Chorus. Volunteer Randy Schiffman opened the ceremony along with Pastor George Showers, of the Seville Community Church of God and volunteer chaplain of the Medical Center – Gratiot, who provided the invocation. Marita Hattem-Schiffman, president, MidMichigan Medical Center in Gratiot and Mt. Pleasant, led the illumination ceremony. The hospital lobby trees were adorned with ornaments made by children from St. Louis Public Schools, Carrie Knause Early Childhood Learning Center and Kindergarten Classrooms.

Contributions to the MidMichigan Health Foundation for the Love Light Trees program in Gratiot continue to be welcomed and can be made in honor or in memory of others. Those interested in more information or who wish to donate may visit or contact the MidMichigan Health Foundation at (989) 839-1932.