Providence Christmas Forest raises $630,000

The Providence St. Peter Foundation has raised $630,000 from its 27th annual Christmas Forest, a five-day event in which decorative trees and wreaths are put on display for the public.

This year’s fundraising total matched an all-time high, which was set last year.

More than $250,000 also was raised to create a palliative care clinic.

“The goal of palliative care is to come to the patient and help them live the best life possible, for as long as possible,” Providence palliative care medical director Dr. Gregg VandeKieft said in a statement. “Our team is trained to help relieve pain and suffering caused by serious illnesses, so the patient may live the fullest life they can.”

The foundation has distributed more than $4.3 million to local Providence ministries, including St. Peter Hospital, SoundHomeCare and Hospice and Mother Joseph Care Center, in the past three years.

For more information, go to providence.org/giving.