The PRIDES began making Luminarias available as a fundraiser in Sun City West sixteen years ago when they partnered with Bob Riddle of Bob’s Variety at the Sun Dome Plaza. In keeping with tradition, homeowners place them at the edge of the sidewalks and driveways, along patios and in gardens on Christmas Eve. But the tradition is not limited to individual homeowners. Businesses, churches, neighborhoods and Home Owners’ Associations also show their sense of pride in belonging to this amazing community by lighting their own paths.
Luminaria kits are available for sale from November 11 to December 24 in front of Bob’s Variety at Sun Dome Plaza. The $8 kit includes twelve white paper bags, twelve long-burning candles and holders, enough sand for a base for each bag and instructions. By ordering 25 or more kits the price drops to $7.50 per kit and are eligible for delivery. For a large order sales form, call 623-584-2878. This is the only PRIDES fundraiser.
For the 10th year the Prides extends this tradition to families at Luke Air Force Base with the “Luminaries for Luke” program. For a $20 donation, volunteers will hand-deliver a special 24-luminaria light kit and a gift card from you to a family stationed there. You may mail your $20 check made out to PRIDES to PRIDES at 14630 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, AZ 85375. Be sure to write “LUKE” on the Memo line. They will fill out a gift card with your name and include it in each package.
It takes a lot of volunteers help to assemble and sell these kits. If you want to join a group of dedicated volunteers, even just for the Luminaria project, call 623-584-2878.
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