The Springfield and Westfield Cancer Houses of Hope have recently initiated a candle drive with the help of the Whip City Candle Company in Westfield with all proceeds going toward benefiting the two Houses and the programs and services that they offer.
"The candle sale was an idea that Lauri Scott-Smith, our administrative assistant, came up with," Cheryl Gorski, the executive director, for the two Houses said. "We wanted to try a different kind of fund-raiser and we came up with the Hope Candle."
The Hope Candle is available in three different sizes. There are five-ounce jars that are available for $5, ten-ounce canisters with the candles in them for $10 and soy air freshener angel bears that look like stuffed animals dipped in a soy wax for the cost of $15. The bears come in white or brown.
"[The bears] are long lasting air fresheners," Gorski said. "They are really for people that don't like to burn candles such as elderly people or people that are worried about leaving them unattended."
Individuals who are interested in purchasing any of the Hope Candles and bears can call the Westfield office at 562-0110 and place an order. Candles can be picked up at either house in about a week.
Each candle product will be adorned with the Cancer House of Hope logo on a tag attached to the product. All money goes to benefit the Cancer Houses of Hope. "It was just a different idea," Gorski said. "People can make a donation to the House but are getting something back as well."
The Cancer Houses of Hope are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emotional, educational, social and spiritual support to people with cancer and their families and friends. For more information visit www.cancerhouseofhope.org.