As a fundraiser benefiting Family Centers' Center for Hope and the Den for Grieving Kids programs, Hope Lights Lives relies on volunteers to make it a success each year.

More than 600 volunteers from across Fairfield County sell luminary kits and deliver order forms to households on their streets. Dozens of other volunteers also help assemble luminary kits and distribute them to their neighbors. More than 5,000 luminary kits are sold each year.

The luminary kits are $25 and contain 12 tea light candles, 12 white paper bags and 12 plastic candle holders.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m., residents of Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston and Wilton will adorn their lawns with luminaries as part of a countywide lighting. 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.

Luminary Week officially begins on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Old Greenwich Merchants Association's annual First Light Festival. Hundreds of luminaries will be on display at Binney Park in Greenwich to greet festival-goers as they walk to the center of town.

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The 2013 Hope Lights Lives campaign is sponsored by Wells Fargo; Siegel, Reilly & Conlon; Splash Car Wash; the Dilenschneider Group; Swimm Pool & Patio; Yankee Candle Village; Serendipity; Hoffman Landscapes; Old Greenwich Merchants Association; Edward Lawrence Funeral Home; People's United Bank; Rucci Law Group; Anne G. Croll; Anne G. Miller; Walter Stewart's Market; the Schriber Family Springdale Florist; Sandi and Jim Duffy; Philip Anstey; Jan Dilenschneider and Christina Horner.

To volunteer, visit or contact Aleksa Lazarewicz at or 203-869-4848. To purchase a luminary kit, visit