Area residents honored family and friends and remembered lost loved ones at the annual Tree of Life lighting ceremony on Dec. 10 at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC). The event included a candlelight service, live holiday music, complimentary food, a visit from Santa and real snow. An annual holiday tradition in its 30th year, the Tree of Life is sponsored by the Tifton Junior Woman’s Club, raising money for a special fund benefiting patients of the TRMC Oncology Center and Hospice of Tift Area with special needs. A tax-deductible gift can be made by purchasing a light for the Tree of Life in memory or honor of a friend, co-worker or loved one. Various giving levels are available. Donations are accepted until Dec. 31. To make a contribution, visit www.tiftregional.com or call (229) 353-6318.