Tree of Light and Remebrance
Oct 2, 2014
The history of the Tree of Light in Mahtomedi is traced to Michael and Elaine McGlinch. Michael wanted to volunteer at the Food Shelf when he retired, but illness prevented him from that dream. When he died in November 2000, his wife, Elaine, gave the memorials to the Food Shelf in his name. The next year, Elaine learned of a tree of light from her sister. In 2001, Elaine and her family put up a tree in the front of St. Jude of the Lake and sold lights to benefit the Food Shelf. That first year, the Tree of Light raised $1,500 for the Food Shelf and this great tradition began.
The next year, Elaine donated a blue spruce which was planted on the avenue side of St. Jude of the Lake. That was the scene of the Tree of Light until 2006, when the ceremony was moved to Triangle Park. For the next three years the Food Shelf received a donation
The Mahtomedi community has participated in great numbers over the past 5 years. Despite the cold nights, they come to hear the names of their loved ones and to support the Food Shelf.
Tonight, we celebrate the 13th year of the Tree of Light with our beautiful tree. From the wish of Michael McGlinch to serve this community through the food shelf, we have grown into this wonderful tradition that supports those in need.
On behalf of Michelle Stiepan of the Food Shelf, the Board Members of the Food Shelf and all the volunteers and supporters of the Food Shelf, I welcome you to this celebration.