Light a luminaria on Christmas Eve and help children in need

As the sun sets on Christmas Eve, neighborhoods are transformed into wonderlands of soft, glowing candlelight flowing in unbroken chains along curb sides and walkways.

For 53 years, the Wheaton-Naperville Chapter of the Auxiliary of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago has sponsored this beautiful Christmas Eve event which has evolved into a breathtaking expression of community pride, unity and caring.

Proceeds from the sale of luminaria help the Infant Welfare Society bring the gift of good health to disadvantaged children.

A luminaria set includes five candles and five bags for $6. Lumabases, reusable plastic bases that hold the candles, are available as a set of five for $15.

Or if you prefer, sand, birdseed, kitty litter or potting soil can be used to "anchor" candles in the bags.

Luminaria sets are sold through neighborhood coordinator volunteers and online at

Luminaria sets can also be purchased between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve at both Wheaton locations of Buikema's Ace Hardware (1705 N. Main St. and 90 E. Loop Road), Carlson's True Value Hardware (125 E. Front St.) and Buikema's Ace Hardware at 963 W. 75th St. in Naperville.

Wheaton-Naperville Infant Welfare invites you to join us in "Lighting a Candle for a Child" this Christmas Eve by ordering or purchasing your luminaria today.

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