The symbolic lights will again adorn the towering sequoia tree at the corner of Cottage Avenue and East North Street.
Each of the twinkling bulbs – made possible via donations (click on to www.hospicesj.org for information on making a contribution) – will shine in memory and in honor of a loved one during the 24th annual Hospice of San Joaquin Tree of Lights at Doctors Hospital of Manteca, 1205 E. North St.
The lighting ceremony kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a few hundred expected to be on hand to brave the cold conditions.
This year’s Tree of Lights is sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric, KJOY Radio, Ulmer Photo and Chase Chevrolet.
In Ripon, the fourth annual Tree of Lights is planned for 6 p.m. Friday at Mistlin Fountain Park on Main Street and Oak Avenue.
According to the website, Hospice of San Joaquin is there to provide a “comprehensive and compassionate medical care, counseling and support with state-of-the-art pain control and symptom management” when a cure is no longer an option for a patient or loved one.
A “in memory of” board containing the names of those honored by the families will be next to the Tree of Lights, which will continue to shine through December.
Hospice of San Joaquin, in addition, praises its volunteers, who are specially trained and are integral part of the team.
Donations support all of these endeavors by Hospice of San Joaquin.
Tracy (West Valley Mall), Stockton (Delta College), Escalon (Main and Second streets), Lodi (city hall), Rio Vista (city hall) and Lockeford (Wells Fargo Bank) also held or are planning similar-type events.