The United Mid-Coast Charities Light-a-Luminary program is once again in full swing. This holiday season marks UMCC’s 15th year of running the neighborhood campaign to light streets throughout the area. On Christmas Eve, hundreds of luminary candles line residential streets in Camden and Rockport to celebrate the spirit of giving.

Students in the National Honor Society at Camden Hills Regional High School are busy assembling kits at Rankin’s Warehouse in Hope. Coordinated this year by senior Caitlin Throne, teams of NHS students use sand donated by Rankin’s to fill plastic bags, along with six candles and six wax bags per kit. Each year the students donate dozens of hours of work to this effort on behalf of UMCC. The kits they create are sold for $6 each to support local charities.

Meanwhile, Light-a-Luminary volunteers are knocking on doors in an effort to fill their neighborhoods with the candles. Currently UMCC “street captains” are taking orders and will deliver kits to homes before the holiday. This season a team of nearly 30 street captains is ready to take orders, headed by Michelle Chamberlain. Please contact Michelle by e-mail mchamberlain7532@gmail.com or United Mid-Coast Charities at 236-2299 to have kits delivered.

UMCC is grateful to the volunteers who are helping distribute kits in their neighborhoods: Jo Doran, Ellen Dowd, Pam Elliot, Nancy Laite, Catherine Marin, Barbara Melchinsky, Michele Orne, Lauren Pieri, Amy Dietrich, Helen Shaw, Laurie VanDusen, Mary Wells, Pauline McWilliams, LaTania Beck and Paige Pendleton.

Luminaries are sold at nine local retail outlets as well, including the Bagel Cafe, French & Brawn, Hannaford’s, Hoboken Gardens, Megunticook Market, the Market Basket, Party Fundamentals, Rankin’s Hardware, and Reny’s.

One-hundred percent of each purchase of a luminary kit directly benefits the 49 non-profit organizations supported by United Mid-Coast Charities. More than any other season the winter holidays inspire generosity. This time of year community-based organizations and non-profits rely on this generosity and hope to impact the lives of others. So if it’s youth and teen outreach centers one wishes to support, the food pantry, Meals on Wheels, New Hope for Women, Hospice, or the animal shelter (just to name just a few), the purchase of a luminary kit is one way to impact these organizations. No matter what one’s cause, the Light-A-Luminary project provides hope and support to every organization that UMCC assists.

For more information, please visit www.unitedmidcoastcharities.org or call 236-2299.