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Mothers Against Drunk Driving lights up 'Tree of Life'

Posted November 22, 2019 6:21 p.m. EST
Updated November 22, 2019 7:46 p.m. EST

— There is laughter, a shining camaraderie and in the next room, there are beautiful smiles. But now they only exist in pictures and memory.

Their pictures are displayed as if gracing a fireplace mantel.

“These are people that could still be sitting around their Christmas tree. That does make my heart a little heavy,” said Callie Ramsay, who works with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “As joyous as this occasion is, and the decorations are beautiful, and the tree is gonna be absolutely beautiful,” said Ramsay.

Tree of Life ceremony is Dec. 6

Callie Ramsay has a big heart.

She's a victim’s service specialist for MADD.

Only on the job for four months, she's counseled people whose loss will lacerate your heart.

“I mean, children, I’ve worked with victims who’ve lost children who were killed in driving while impaired crashed,” said Ramsay.

MADD, other workers preparing for annual Tree of Life event

She's here with other safe-driving advocates, preparing pretty bulbs to put on this year's Tree of Life.

The one that lights up the State Capitol grounds for the holidays and honor the ones killed in traffic crashes in North Carolina last year.

“Every one of these bulbs that we’re preparing today represents a life lost,” said Mark Ezzell, North Carolina Governors Safety.

1,445 bulbs will adorn the tree. 421 will represent the people killed in drunk driving crashes.

MADD, other workers preparing for annual Tree of Life event

Emily Ferraro has a teenager with a learner's permit.

“It makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” said Ferraro.

The lighting of the tree and the candlelight vigil will be held Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.

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