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Wheaton-Naperville Infant Welfare luminaria fundraiser underway

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 52 years, the Wheaton-Naperville Chapter of the Auxiliary of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago has sponsored its Christmas Eve project, which has evolved into a expression of community pride, unity and caring, a news release stated.

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, sand, birdseed, cat litter or potting soil can be used to anchor candles in the bags.

Luminaria sets are sold through neighborhood coordinator volunteers and online at www.wheatoninfantwelfare.org/luminaria. Luminaria sets also can be purchased between until 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 in Naperville (963 W. 75th St.).