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Flossmoor Service League luminary project to light up the night, raise money for local charities


Flossmoor Service League would have hosted its 65th candlelight ball fundraiser this year if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. But the organization has plans to continue its work and keep the light shining in the community nevertheless.

Julie Lawton, spokesperson for FSL, said light would still play a key role in the new event.

Flossmoor Service League is selling luminaries like these to raise money for its support of local charities, and on Dec. 12, the organization is inviting everyone in Homewood and Flossmoor to light their luminaries in a show of hope and unity. (Provided stock photo)

“We decided to have candlelight for a cause,” she said. 

FSL will sell luminaries online and at UpsaDaisy, 18100 Martin Ave. in Homewood, through Dec. 12. Luminary packs cost $20. Lawton said the luminaries would be available on a “grab and go” table outside the shop on Dec. 5 and 6.

The next step will be to invite the community to light the luminaries in a collective display of hope and mutual support. 

“On Dec. 12 we all light luminaries in our driveways,” Lawton said. “It will be a kind of coming together experience. I think it will be really beautiful.”

Organization leaders hope the luminary sales will help compensate for the loss of the candlelight ball. 

FSL provides money to about 30 charities every year, including Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) South Suburbs, the Jones Community Center, Cancer Support Center, South Suburban Family Shelter, Respond Now, Homewood-Flossmoor High School scholarships and more. 

“We really need to make up the difference so we can continue to support those great charities and people who are really in need,” Lawton said.

Flossmoor Service League is a registered 501c3 corporation and donations are tax deductible.

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