Family Centers' annual Hope Lights Lives luminary project is under way.

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 holiday tradition.

On Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m., hundreds of 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. 3, at 5 p.m. with a public displays at Binney Park in Old Greenwich and Tilley Pond in Darien. Boy Scout Troop 11 in Greenwich and Boy Scout Troop 53 in Darien are once again on board to ensure these displays are spectacular.

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 www.familycenters.org.

"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 www.familycenters.org or www.facebook.com/familycentersinc.

"Hope Lights Lives" is sponsored by The Cashmere Sale, Hoffman Landscapes, Swimm Pool & Patio, Yankee Candle, Webster Bank, Keno Graphics and Patriot National Bank.

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Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. Visit www.familycenters.org for additional information.