On Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m., hundreds of families will adorn their lawns with luminaries in support of Family Centers’ annual Hope Lights Lives fundraiser. But leading up to the county-wide lighting, Family Centers will be working to make up for valuable time lost due to Hurricane Sandy.
A primarily volunteer-driven effort, Hope Lights Lives is reliant on the hundreds of block captains who sell luminary kits to their neighbors and family. Kit sales make up a large percentage of the fundraiser’s income, which benefits Family Centers’ grief and bereavement services offered by through Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids. However, with so many area people affected by Hurricane Sandy, kit sales took a back seat.
“The storm essentially knocked out a two-week window in early November in which many of our kits have sold in the past,” said Aleksa Lazarewicz, Family Centers’ Special Events Manager.
“Despite their best efforts, many of our volunteers simply couldn’t sell the kits due to extended power outages or downed trees.”
To help make kits available to residents who were unable to place orders with block captains, several local businesses have agreed to keep them in stock. Retailers currently selling luminary kits include:
- Aux Delices
- Center for HOPE
- Michael Joseph Catering
- Nielsen’s Florist and Garden Shop
- Palmer’s Market
- Swimm Pools