For the third year in a row, K’ an D’ Pharmacy and Schmidt Jewelers are working together to provide grieving families with engraved Christmas ornaments commemorating their late loved ones.
The push to create these ornaments and provide the tree came from pharmacy co-owner Kechia Reese in 2014.
“We wanted to reach out to (individuals who are grieving),” she said.
But Reese gives all of the credit for the idea to the late Adrianna Marie “Nana” Davis, who passed away in November 2014.
Details of ornaments
The ornaments are free to the families if they fill out a form at the pharmacy, then turn it in at the jewelry store, located at 226 S. Summit St.
The ornaments are nickel-plated. They are engraved by Schmidt with the name of the individual lost, and the years of his or her birth and death.
Once the ornament has been engraved, it is added to the Tree of Remembrance at K’ an D’ Pharmacy, located at 224 S. Summit St.
A Christmas tree adorned in blue lights holds all of the ornaments that have been claimed thus far — including one from last year.
“Of course they’re welcome to,” Reese said of people who have asked to put their ornaments the year after receiving them.
Daren Reese, the other co-owner of K’ an D’ Pharmacy, and Luke and Blanche Schmidt, owners of Schmidt Jewelers, are joined by Russ Keefe, owner of Keefe Printing, who provided the forms this year. Keefe Printing is located at 112 N. Summit St.
Adrianna Davis was diagnosed with stage-4 childhood cancer at the age of 2.
She fought the cancer three times, which included five years of treatment — including chemotherapy and radiation therapy — and was in remission for seven years.
Davis was active with the Prairie Voice children’s choir, Cindy’s School of Dance and softball.
By all accounts, she was well loved by the community — including the Reeses.
“She was a people pleaser — she impacted everyone’s lives,” her father, Adam Davis, said at her funeral. “She loved to help, and to do things for people.”
Letters to Heaven
In addition to the Tree of Remembrance, the Reeses have added a special mailbox to the Christmas display.
It is for “letters to Heaven,” according to the pharmacy owners.
“People can put their letters in the box and we’ll do a balloon release,” said Kechia Reese.
Those who leave letters are welcome to visit the pharmacy for the release, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 23.