Family Centers to light up the town

Family Centers’ annual Hope Lights Lives luminary project is well underway, just in time for the holiday season.

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 fund-raiser to benefit the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids — has grown into a 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 later, “Luminary Week” began on Saturday, Dec. 1. Together with the Old Greenwich Merchants Association, Family Centers lit hundreds of luminaries around Binney Park in Old Greenwich as part of the annual First Light Festival.

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. Luminary kits are also available for purchase online at

“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 Family Centers’ critical illness and bereavement support programs.

For more information on Hope Lights Lives, call Aleksa Lazarewicz at 203-869-4848 or visit

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