Family Centers kicks off 'Hope Lights Lives' luminary campaign, benefiting Center for HOPE

Family Centers’ annual “Hope Lights Lives” luminary project is well underway, which means the holidays aren’t too far behind.

Volunteers across Fairfield County are currently selling luminary kits in preparation for the event’s multi-town lighting. With more than 5,000 luminary kits sold each year, Hope Lights Lives — Family Centers’ annual fundraiser to benefit Darien’s Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids — has grown to into a true holiday tradition.

On Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m., Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Rowayton, Southport, Stamford, Weston and Wilton residents will adorn their lawns with special luminaries. In addition to creating a festive display, the luminaries are also meant to honor loved ones who have died or are coping with a critical illness.

While the official lighting takes place a week later, “Luminary Week” begins on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.

Hope Lights Lives is primarily a volunteer-based effort. More than 600 Town and Block Captains from each community sell luminary kits and deliver order forms to households on their streets. Dozens of other volunteers also help assemble luminary kits, and distribute them as the lighting date nears.

Hope Lights Lives luminary kits are $25 and contain 12 tea light candles, 12 white paper bags and 12 plastic candle holders. All proceeds benefit the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids, Family Centers critical illness and bereavement support programs.

Hope Lights Lives is sponsored by Splash Car Washes, Hoffman Landscapes, Swimm Pools, Yankee Candle Village, Seigel Reilly & Conlon, Rucci Law Group, GE Capital, Kaia Yoga, Keno Graphics, People’s United Bank, Pet Pantry Warehouse, Walter Stewart’s Market and Sterling Brands.

More info: call Aleksa Lazarewicz at 869-4848,, or

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