The Sparks Auxiliary is getting a jumpstart on the holidays. A living 25-foot Christmas tree was planted outside Sparks Regional Medical Center today.
The Leland Cyprus came from Bemis Tree Farm located in Colt, Ark. The Little Rock-based company grows more than 30 varieties of trees and is the same farm that supplies the Christmas tree for the State Capitol.
The tree was transported and planted with a specially designed forklift, called a Big John Tree Transplanter, attached to the bed of a truck. Big John equipment is manufactured in Heber Springs.
The Sparks Auxiliary will trim and light the tree between 5:30-7 p.m., Dec. 5 in conjunction with the Sparks Health System family Christmas party.
With the $5 purchase of a Christmas card, you can have a light illuminated in honor or in remembrance of a loved one. The cards are available at Jennifer’s Gift Shop at the hospital, Jennifer’s Too at the Plaza, and This-n-That Thrift Shop on the corner of 17th and Dodson Avenue. Or mail your request, specifying whether the card is “In Memory” or “In Honor” of and the person’s name and address along with your check to:
Sparks Regional Medical Center Volunteer Services
P.O. Box 2406
Fort Smith, AR 72902
Proceeds will go towards valet services at Sparks Regional Medical Center, which is provided to patients and family members free of charge due to the fundraising efforts of the Auxiliary.