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Christmas tree to be decorated in honor of loved ones, military

ROUSES POINT - After losing her son in a car accident in January, Kimberly McGoldrick has found a way to honor him, and others.

On Friday, Dec. 18, the public is invited to gather at a Christmas tree at the village of Rouses Point offices on Lake Street, next to the gazebo, where they can hang ornaments in memory of a loved one or for those serving overseas.

"I want to do it as a community service so people can get together and come out where they need company," McGoldrick explained.

McGoldrick, a Girl Scout leader and district manager of the Girl Scout troops in Champlain, Mooers and Rouses Point, got the idea for the tree through the Elizabethtown troop leader.

"We were talking about it in a meeting one day and she said she always does a memorial tree for the servicepeople and for a lost one," McGoldrick explained.

After explaining to the leader she lost her 16-year-old son, Jonathan, she wondered if the leader wouldn't mind McGoldrick "stealing" her idea.

"So, we go the idea and I'm taking it on the road and going," McGoldrick said.

Now, she's looking to the community to participate.

Anyone interested in having an ornament made may contact McGoldrick and she will have a Girl Scout make one. The community is also welcome to make their own to put on the tree.

"We are making ... laminated cardboard with a name and date and who it is from and it's going to be hung up," McGoldrick explained of the ornaments. "It's going to be laminated so it will be protected."

For those who may want an ornament created but would be unable to attend the ceremony, McGoldrick said the Girl Scouts can do it for them.

To have an ornament made, contact McGoldrick at 570-8114 or e-mail bnk@primelink1.net. She is asking people to give their name, the person whom they wish to honor, the date in service or they passed away, and who it is from.

The ornaments will be hung on the tree during the Dec. 18 ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m.

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