In November Love Lights a Tree makes its grand return after a three-year break. The fundraiser had been raising money for cancer research and awareness since the early 1980s. When COVID-19 hit, the in-person festivities came to a halt. On November 24, Love Lights a Tree will celebrate its first in-person lighting since 2019. All proceeds go to the Cherokee County chapter of the American Cancer Society. Its goal is to spread awareness and create a community for patients, survivors, caregivers, and anyone that cancer impacts.
To donate to Love Lights a Tree you can buy an ornament in support of the cause or in memory or honor of someone impacted by cancer. Buy an ornament today! Love Lights a Tree sells ornaments on Canton’s First Fridays, and you can buy one online anytime.
“Something like this could bring a lot of healing to people,” says Bonny Spears, a volunteer for Love Lights a Tree. Bonny speaks from experience. One of her coworkers bought an ornament in her honor in 2019. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer the year before, and she shares that knowing one of her coworkers cared enough to buy an ornament in her honor was quite touching.
The ornaments stay up until the Christmas season ends, and then you can take them home.
Spend the Friday after Thanksgiving at Cannon Park in Downtown Canton for this year’s Love Lights a Tree. With Mayor Bill Grant as emcee, the event features dancers from Hickory Flat Dance Academy, live Christmas favorites, activities for the kids, and more. Local vendors will offer crafts, and youngsters can meet the Chick-Fil-A cow. You can even visit Santa Claus at the gazebo so you and your little ones can let Old Saint Nick know what you want for Christmas.
Love Lights a Tree has become a tradition for many families, and the American Cancer Society would love to have it become your tradition too.
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Nick Feehery has been a proud Cherokee County resident his whole life. He is a student at Cherokee High School with a love of drawing and writing stories. He plans to study journalism at Kennesaw State University.