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Luminary sale raises money for Welfare Club scholarships

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The Grandview Civic Welfare Club’s annual luminary sale will begin on Dec. 9.

Club members will be selling candles and supplies Dec. 9-11 and Dec. 16-19 in the Grandview Heights Public Library atrium.

The sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19.

Proceeds benefit the Civic Welfare Club scholarship fund.

Preorders can be made by calling club member Deena Snapp at 488-5689.

Pricing is the same as last year. Votive candles, which burn for 10 hours, cost 55 cents each. White bags cost 15 cents each or $1.50 for a dozen. A bargain bag (12 candles and 12 bags) costs $7.50 and a “grab and go” bag, which includes 12 candles, 12 bags, a lighter and sand, costs $10.

“The goal is always to light up the community on Christmas Eve with candles,” Snapp said.

Neighbors on some streets, particularly Cambridge Boulevard, join together each year to participate in the effort, she said.

“For the past couple years, Cambridge has been lit from Fifth to Third on Christmas Eve and it’s so beautiful to see,” Snapp said. “Everybody should drive through there on Christmas Eve.”

The candles should be placed in a bag with a cup of sand or birdseed in the bottom, she said.

Along with the candles, knitted items made by club members will also be on sale, Snapp said. Those items will include ski caps, Civy Dolls and baby booties. A $5 donation is suggested for simple hats and booties and $10 for flap hats, baby sweaters and Civy Dolls.

The dolls are made from leftover yarn, and no two dolls are alike.

Club members have met each week at the library since the summer to work on knitting items.

The knitted items were added to sale beginning in 2009.

Selling items they knit themselves adds a more personal feeling to the annual sale, club member Cindy Hine said.

The weekly knitting sessions are also a lot of fun, Meri White said.

“We do a lot of socializing while we knit,” she said.

The luminary tradition began in 1987 as a combined effort of the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department and the civic club, Snapp said. The proceeds were initially used to support community needs. Since 1996, the club has used the proceeds to provide scholarships to Grandview students.

The first year one scholarship of $450 was awarded. Last year, three $1,000 scholarships were presented.

Since 1996, the club has awarded $20,000 in scholarships, Snapp said.

On Dec. 6, club members will line up luminaries to mark the path to the site of the holiday tree lighting ceremony at the Grandview Center.

“We’ve done this as a community service through the years,” Snapp said.

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