SPRINGFIELD, VT  –  Hearts of Hope, a project of the volunteers at Springfield Hospital, raised $6,180 towards the purchase of items for the support and comfort of patients at Springfield Hospital’s Oncology Clinic.  This total amount is the most ever raised in this decades-old holiday tradition.

The campaign is a way to honor a loved one or friend who is currently affected by cancer or who has experienced cancer in the past.  For a contribution of $10 or more, a personalized, hand-made ornament is placed on a holiday tree at Springfield Hospital.

On December 6th, a tree dedication ceremony was held in the Hospital cafeteria.  In addition to a light meal, the evening’s program included a performance by the Springfield Community Chorus. Attendees sang carols and the clinic staff read the names of the people who had been honored or remembered.

This year’s Hearts of Hope committee included Ruby Pinders, Barbara Bye and Arlene Pearson. Sandy Peplau, Director of Volunteer Services at Springfield Hospital, was the chairperson. The making of the ornaments was a family affair, with Sandy Peplau and her nieces Christiana Bedard and Brenda Buswell creating 280 of them to give to the donors.  On behalf of its oncology patients, Springfield Hospital thanks the organizers and donors of this year’s Hearts of Hope project.