Lights of Love

On December 2nd, 2022 we will light up Sakura House for our patients and families for the third time in a virtual format! But, we need your help to do it! When you make a minimum donation of $25 to our Lights of Love fundraiser, you can remember a loved one on a special memorial lantern that will be lit with a candle on the evening of December 2nd. We will place your loved one’s name and an optional message on the memorial lantern and include a picture of your it in a special video that you can view after the event. Donations can also be made in honour of or in celebration of someone special too – a friend, a caregiver or a front-line healthcare worker.
Lights of Love is a wonderful and meaningful way to celebrate the memory of those who have died and honour those close to our hearts. On the evening of the event, we will send you a link to view our virtual event live on Facebook where you can:
1. See all of the beautiful memorial lanterns from a distance; 
2. Listen to beautiful holiday music performed by local artists; 
3. Participate in a special memorial ceremony to remember your loved one(s); 
4. Watch the exciting moment when we turn on the holiday lights at Sakura House.
All donations to this event will go towards the Sakura House Recovery Fund. The Sakura House Recovery Fund will help cover the increased costs due to the pandemic, such as extra nursing care, extra cleaning and other highest needs. It will also help us recover from the loss in memorial donations we continue to experience due to pandemic-related changes to funerals and memorials.

Lights of Love FAQs 

When will the holidays lights be turned on? Friday, December 2nd, 2022, 6:00pm

Where will the Lights of Love event happen? Lights of Love will take place virtually on our Facebook page with a live video. This is not an in-person event.

How much is a memorial lantern? Minimum donation of $25.00

What will be included on the memorial lantern? We will include your loved one’s name and an optional special message. Special messages must be included in the comment box online or included on a note with your cheque or cash donation. Unfortunately, we cannot accept photos of loved ones this year.

How do I make a donation? You can donate online using this link, mail a cheque to VON Oxford, 550 Ingersoll Ave, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S 5Y3 with your loved one’s name and message included, drop off cash or a cheque at the VON Oxford Main Office at 550 Ingersoll Ave, Woodstock, Ontario.

What is the deadline to make a donation so a memorial lantern can be lit that evening? Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 at midnight.

In order to participate in Lights of Love, do I need to have a connection to VON Sakura House? No. Lights of Love is an opportunity for anyone in our community and beyond to remember a loved one. Your loved one didn’t have to die at Sakura House to participate in this special memorial fundraiser.

Can I have multiple paper lanterns for loved ones? Yes, you can make donations in memory of multiple loved ones. If you would like to celebrate more than one loved one at this event, please make a separate online donation transaction for each loved one and enter each name separately. If you are making your donation by cash or cheque, please include each loved one’s name and message on a note with your donation.

Can I see the holiday lights in-person at a later date? Yes, donors and community members are welcome to drive by Sakura House until the end of January.

Can I have my paper lantern? The paper lanterns do deteriorate quickly due to weather so we will not be saving the paper lanterns. But, if you would like your paper lantern, please contact and we can replicate a paper lantern for you.

Who do I contact if I have questions? Email or call 519-476-8848 for any questions.

What can I expect to see at the virtual ceremony? You can watch last year’s ceremony and memorial video and look at the pictures from 2021 using the links below.
2021 Lights of Love Memorial Video:
Are you interested in being a 2022 Lights of Love sponsor? Contact Michelle Dykstra at or 519-709-8332.

Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors

Love Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Light Sponsors

Comfort Sponsors

Anthony Montanaro







Randy Lee & Richard Holmes





Joy Sponsors

GEM Financial Group

Integrated Customs Services

Investment Planning Counsel

Oakwood Transport

RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities

ReMax a-b Realty Ltd.

Smith LeRoy Funeral Home

Toyota Boshoku Canada Inc.

Peace Sponsors

Bossy Nagy Group

Charger Logistics

Dubois Honda

Harvest Crossing Retirement Community

Nesbitt Coulter LLP

Oxford Pool & Spa

Oxford ProResp

Trigon Construction Ltd.