Santa’s elves have been busy helping the West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation (WCIHF) in Manning make more trees for their 2016 Dream Lights Giving Tree Park. Their goal for this year is to be nearly two times the size of last year’s park, with an additional 42 trees available for sponsorship. Director, Sarah Foley said, “Last year was our first year offering the revamped Dream Lights Giving Tree Park, offering individual trees for sponsorship or memorials.” She said sponsorship sold out quickly, and they wanted to ensure that more trees were available this year. The plywood trees are ‘planted’ in the Manning Regional Healthcare Center Plaza Family Garden, where the old hospital sat on the corner of Main Street and Highway 141. There are three different styles of trees in three, four and five foot heights and can be sponsored for $25, $50 or $100 respectively. Once the trees are “planted,” they are strung with lights and then lit when sponsored. The sponsor’s or memorial name is then laminated and hung on the tree. The plan is to have the tree park set up in mid-November and light the first sponsored trees during Manning’s Weihnactsfest celebration the day after Thanksgiving. Proceeds raised this year will be used to support the transportation needs of Manning Regional Healthcare Center, the Manning Plaza and the Manning Family Recovery Center patients and residents. For more information on the program or to sponsor a tree, contact Foley at 712-655-8121 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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