Published on October 21, 2020

Annual Lights of Love Commemorative Giving Campaign Beginslights of love tree

Lights of Love, an annual community event aimed at honoring and celebrating loved ones during the holiday season, is now open and accepting commemorative recognitions through November 22.

“Lights of Love is a beloved tradition that our community enjoys to kick off the holiday season,” says Kathleen Fleming, development officer for the Nash UNC Health Care Foundation. “With the experiences we’ve had this year with COVID-19, taking the time to show appreciation for a family member, coworker, or friend is a great way to end the year, and Lights of Love is a beautiful way to do that.”

Lights of Love not only serves as a way to honor or celebrate someone, but serves as a way for the Nash UNC Health Care Foundation to raise money for different areas of the hospital, including the Danny Talbott Cancer Center, Nash Pediatric Emergency Department, Nash Women’s Center and numerous other projects.

“These funds make a meaningful impact for our community by allowing Nash UNC Health Care to enhance or expand the medical services available for our region and to improve the patient and family experience at our facilities,” said Fleming.  “Examples include the continued expansion of services available at the Danny Talbott Cancer Center, as well as the cancer patient assistance fund which provides help to patients who qualify to ease the financial, physical and emotional burden of cancer.  Another example is providing blood pressure cuffs and scales to heart failure patients who do not have these important health monitoring tools at home.”  

Community members can donate to dedicate a light or ornament on the hospital’s Christmas tree, which will be set up on the lawn in front of the main hospital throughout the holiday season.  Names will also be published online, and in a special full-page recognition in the Rocky Mount Telegram on Sunday, November 29th.  A virtual ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:30 p.m. live on the Nash UNC Health Care Facebook page, which will include the official tree lighting and the reading aloud of the names of those being honored. 

“For the well-being of everyone, we have decided to host a Facebook Live event so that our community members can watch the ceremony from the comfort and safety of their homes,” says Fleming.

Fleming says that there will still be a tree on the front lawn of the hospital for those who wish to drive by at a later time to look at it, as well as the tree that is normally placed on the roof of the hospital for everyone to see. Both trees will remain displayed throughout the holiday season.

Donations can be made by contacting Kathleen Fleming at or 252-962-8583, or by visiting