If you ever needed a reminder of what a wonderful community Galveston County is, you don’t need to look any further than an update to the story of the Christmas tree atop The Daily News.
Last week we reported how the local hospice team was still reeling from the aftereffects of Hurricane Harvey and did not have the funds to raise the iconic Tree of Lights that has greeted visitors since 1989.
The Christmas tree with about 1,000 lights that is visible from the causeway was a major fundraiser for the Hospice Care Team, allowing donors to purchase a light in honor or memory of someone aided by hospice services.
“Due to the recent events with Hurricane Harvey, we were unable to have the staffing and volunteers available to do the mass mail-out and put in the tremendous amount of hours it takes to have a successful fundraiser like the Tree of Lights event,” said Joe Chapman, an administrator at Hospice Care Team.
Angels must have been reading The Daily News that morning.
As most people were getting their first cup of coffee and reading their morning newspaper Thursday, local business leaders began stepping forward to help fund the tree for the Hospice Care Team of Galveston County.
Vic Pierson of Moody National Bank quickly contacted The Daily News about helping contribute to a fund.
Soon afterward came word that Howie Bentley at Classic Auto Group Galveston; Dr. David Callender, president of the University of Texas Medical Branch; Mike Dean of Yaga’s Entertainment; and Chris Doyle of Texas First Bank also wanted to contribute to the cause.
We bring this up in the spirit of both holiday giving, as well a reminder of why Galveston County is blessed with local businesses that care deeply for the people in their communities.
The Daily News regularly calls out for people to participate and support their community. We also encourage people to support their local businesses — pointing to the important role they play in community health. Here is a beautiful illustration of those two principles working together.
What these businesses are doing is remarkable. The order for the tree to be installed has been made and it should be lighting up the roadway by mid-month.
But more importantly is the work of raising awareness for the Hospice Care Team will continue thanks to the generosity of local community leaders who, if you asked them, will most likely humbly reply they are only doing what they believe is right — helping their community when in need.
• Leonard Woolsey
Editor note: The Daily News is also contributing money to the effort.