BERLIN – Luminaries will shine around the community next month in memory of those nationwide who have lost their lives while homeless during the past year.
“I thought it would be a good idea,” said Evelyn Anderson, Berlin resident.
Anderson is a member of the Friends of The Friendship Center auxiliary of New Britain which has been doing the luminaries for the last two years.
This year the luminary kits, which consists of a bag, sand and candle, will be sold at various local businesses from Berlin to New Britain. The proceeds from the luminary sales go toward the shelters and other necessities for those in need.
“There’s been a great reaction so far,” said Sebastian Malespini, co-owner of Sharon Elizabeth’s Floral Designs on Mill Street.
The luminaries will be sold at the business until Dec. 21, the longest day of the year in which the luminaries will be lit around town.
The business is one of several that will be participating in the cause. Good Cause Gifts and Bethany Covenant Church will also be selling the kits. New Britain businesses such as Amato’s Toy Store, Good Cause Gifts at the Hospital for Special Care, along with the downtown visitor center, city hall and The Friendship Service Center will have kits available as well.
“Every year it gets bigger,” Anderson said.
Usually the Friends are able to raise around $1,000 for families and individuals staying in the shelters. Anderson said they are hoping to help even more this year.
The luminaries will also be sold at New Britain’s upcoming tree lighting.
More information can be found by contacting The Friendship Service Center.