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Family Centers kicks off annual Hope Lights Lives Luminary campaign

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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 the 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. Together with the Old Greenwich Merchants Association, Family Centers will light 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 Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids, Family Centers critical illness and bereavement support programs. For more information on Hope Lights Lives, call Aleksa Lazarewicz at 203-869-4848 or visit or

“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.

Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 1,700 professionals and trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and New Canaan Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and the Alliance for Children and Families and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. Visit for additional information.

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