"Love lights" honor loved ones during holiday season

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- When we see Christmas lights this time of year, we think of the joy of the holiday season, but a local hospital is giving them a deeper meaning.

Wednesday afternoon, people gathered at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire for a ceremony for the hospital's "Love Light" Tree Program.

By giving a donation, family and friends can reserve lights that the hospital will display on trees throughout its campus.

The lights are meant to honor a loved one, friend, or military member.

"Ultimately it's a chance for us to celebrate and also to comfort during the season, and by the lighting of this tree, it helps to bring those memories to life and to continue going forward," explains Dr. Randall Linton.

Donations from the lights will go to support hospice care services throughout northwest Wisconsin.

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