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1 Dec 2009

 



 

 

 



  
   
 



   
PUBLISHED ON EDITION NO. »
326
  |  12/01/2009
Lighting of the "Christmas Tree
of Hope"
 
By Alberto Surís
albertosuris@rumbonews.com

Military members, their family and friends, and the community at large gathered around a 14ft tall blue spruce that stands at 139 Howe Street, in Methuen, MA and decorated it with yellow ribbons bearing the names of their Soldier, Marine, Coastguardsmen, Sailor or Airmen’s name and hometown on their ribbon. Then each family member was asked to tie their yellow ribbon to the “Christmas Tree of Hope”.

150 yards of yellow ribbons with names of current military members serving overseas and stateside are tied to this tree. Most ribbons represent not only the soldier who had submitted their name but also may represent the soldier’s battalion, company or unit. More than 10,000 current military members are represented on the “Christmas Tree of Hope.”

The tree was also decorated with 400 Christmas ornaments, candy canes and 5,500 holiday lights of red, white and blue bulbs. The event held Sunday, November 29th, at dusk was organized by New England Caring for Our Military (NECFOM).

New England Caring for Our Military’s “Christmas Tree of Hope” is decorated in honor of all our current military members serving in the armed services in the hope that all are returned home to their families safely.

To find out about our charity please visit www.necfom.org. or contact Jim Wareing, Founder/Event Coordinator, New England Caring for Our Military, P.O. Box 2311, Methuen, MA 01844 - Tel 978-835-7464 - staff@necfom.org.
In front of the “Christmas Tree of Hope”, Jim Wareing, Christine Bowes, Christine Paolucci and Robert Bowes. Wareing is the founder of New England Caring for Our Military and the event coordinator; Christine and Robert Bowes are Scott Bean’s mother and stepfather; Christine Paolucci is Scott Bean’s sister. Scott Bean of Lawrence is an Army helicopter pilot stationed in Iraq in his second tour of duty.
 
Joan McGuire and Denise Clegg, mother and sister of Jim Wareing, respectively, placing a yellow ribbon with the name of Christopher Wareing. Chistopher is being deployed to Afghanistan and is Jim Wareing’s nephew.
 
Twenty-year-old Chistopher Twomey is being deployed to Iraq with the Air Force and his grandmother Gayle Nigro is placing a yellow ribbon with his name printed. Gayle Nigro is The Loop’s general manager, in Methuen.
 

 

 

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