By KAROLYN GEPHART
The 7th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for Crime Victims will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pearland Police Department on the Court side.
The idea for the crime victim’s tree lighting ceremony came seven years ago as a way to have a new light burning in the fight against violent crime in Pearland with a tree full of lights.
The Pearland idea came from an Austin event where a tree is dedicated to survivors of violent crimes and the families whose members were victims of crime. It began in Austin in 1991 as the Tree of Angels.
Pearland Crime victim’s advocate, Verna Lee, works to make the holiday season easier on families whose lives have been impacted by crime by offering support and an opportunity to remember loved ones.
“It is our hope that the Tree of Angels allows us to remember, include and support victims of crime,” Lee said.
Victims and survivors are asked to bring a personalized ornament or memento to be placed on the tree in support and remembrance of those lives that have been affected by violent crimes.
These items will be placed on the department’s Christmas tree for display throughout the holiday season.
The decorated tree which will be on display on the second floor of the police department until the end of December. The Police Department is located at 2555 Cullen Blvd. in Pearland.
To participate, RSVP at pearlandtx.gov/crimevictim.