Karen Whalen (left) and Ruth Nellesen (right) hang ornaments from past Tree of Love programs on a tree in the atrium at St. Anthony Regional Hospital. Ornaments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available with a free will offering. Proceeds benefit St. Anthony Regional Hospice. Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann
Karen Whalen (left) and Ruth Nellesen (right) hang ornaments from past Tree of Love programs on a tree in the atrium at St. Anthony Regional Hospital. Ornaments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available with a free will offering. Proceeds benefit St. Anthony Regional Hospice. Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann
St. Anthony Regional Hospice is offering ornaments from each year of its Tree of Love fundraiser.

The ornaments will be up for free-will donations from Jan. 7 through 11 at the St. Anthony Regional Hospital atrium.

Every year Hospice introduces a new Tree of Love ornament and has been doing so since 1998.

The ornaments change size and color every year, and Hospice has also offered other designs: doves, stars and Mary holding Baby Jesus.

Hospice hosts a Tree of Love ceremony the Sunday before Thanksgiving. At the ceremony, ornaments purchased in honor of loved ones are hung on trees in the St. Anthony Regional Hospital atrium.

Stacie Dailey, the volunteers coordinator with St. Anthony Regional Hospice, said hospice sold 900 angel ornaments this year, and close to that number last year. Proceeds are used for patient care.

She said many of the same people come back every year to attend the Tree of Love ceremony and buy ornaments.

Dailey said she hopes that by offering the ornaments for a free-will donation it will help fill in people's collections if they missed a year.

It's the first year that all of the ornaments will be for sale together.

Joleen Klocke, a Carroll resident, said she buys an ornament every year in memory of her daughter who passed away.

She said she bought one, and then kept buying them each year.

Klocke said she's been a hospice volunteer since 1989 and knows the importance of donations to Tree of Love.

According to the St. Anthony Regional Hospice website, hospice provides care for people in the final stages of incurable illness. Services are available within about a 30-mile radius of Carroll and are designed to meet patients' needs in the home, a nursing home, assisted living or hospital.