Tree decorating competition spreads cheer

Special to The Log

Covenant Care patients are enjoying the holidays with their own Christmas trees this year thanks to the generous donation by North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview.

These 18 table-top trees are decorated in a holiday competition between departments at the North Okaloosa Medical Center, each department aiming for the grand prize, but each knowing these trees will serve a higher purpose this holiday season.

“These trees will be the only holiday decorations many of our patients and families have this year,” said Carole Anne Haws, Covenant Care volunteer and community relations manager. “The joy these trees bring to our patients is overwhelming and it brightens each one of their days and makes them so happy.”

North Okaloosa Medical Center has graciously donated these trees for several years to Covenant Care to help bring the Christmas spirit to Covenant Care patients and families who otherwise may have no Christmas at all.

“We are so grateful for our community partners like North Okaloosa Medical Center and this amazing, generous thing they do for our hospice patients to help them enjoy the holidays,” said Haws.

Covenant Care nurses, hospice aides, social workers and volunteers distributed the donated trees to Covenant Care patients, including five children, several facility patients and to at-home patients who do not have a Christmas tree.