Each light on the Hospice of San Joaquin Christmas Tree in front of Doctors Hospital of Manteca represented a loved one.
Their names could be found on the memory board located at the corner of East North Street and Cottage Avenue, according to Oscar Segura Guerrero.
He’s the Development Manager at the Hospice of San Joaquin in Stockton. “They are the light of a loved one – they will continue to shine,” Segura Guerrero said at pleasantly cool outdoor evening event in front of the DHM Conference Room.
Dr. Murali Naidu, who is the CEO of the local hospital, was thrilled for DHM to once again partner with the Hospice of San Joaquin for the 28th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Manteca is one of eighth cities partnering with Hospice of San Joaquin come this time of the year.
“It so wonderful to be here and see each one of you in person,” said Naidu, who noted that last year’s tree-lighting ceremony was held virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of the same safety protocols were again in place for all those in attendance, from masking up to maintaining social distance.
Even Santa Claus wore his mask.
Naidu acknowledged the value of hospice care and the partnership with DHM. “We look forward to partnering with (Hospice of San Joaquin) for another 30 years,” he said.
Dylan George, who is the Government Relations & Corporate Affairs with PG&E, pointed out at the energy-efficient LED lights on the tree were installed by PG&E and employee volunteers.
Grant contributions support the Tree of Lights and the Memory Board.