RARITAN TWP., NJ - For 31 years, it’s been a local tradition. Begun by a volunteer, the Lights of Love program has raised more than $700,000 since its inception, allowing Hunterdon Medical Center to continue to provide healthcare for the community and the surrounding area.

Last night, thousands of lights were illuminated on cue.

Each year, the Lights of Love evergreen tree, located on the front lawn of the Hunterdon Medical Center campus, is illuminated with lights representing gifts received from donors all over the country. Each light honors or memorializes a loved one. 

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Last night’s event included music of the season and – after the lights spread their glow across the hospital campus – hot chocolate. A holiday cookie sale benefitted Briteside Adult Day Center.  

Hunterdon Healthcare President Robert P. Wise noted that Hunterdon is the state’s healthiest county. It is also among the nation’s top five counties for raising a child, he said  – a reflection of the qualities of health and safety that Hunterdon Healthcare works to support.

It is a responsibility that HMC staff takes seriously, Wise said, because those who live here trust Hunterdon Healthcare with their lives, and the lives of their family members.

Wise recognized “DJ” Wright of Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home here for its support of the Lights of Love program.

A “Light of Love” can be purchased by making a $20 tax-deductible donation to the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation, requesting that a light be placed on the tree.

A larger donation can be made under the following levels: Circle of Love, $500; Candlelight, $250; and Starlight, $100.

For more information or to make a donation, call the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation at 908-788-6141, or visit  the foundation’s website to purchase a light online.