The holiday season is here and one local organization is making spirits bright.
The Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe held its 27th annual “Navidad de La Fe Luminarias” Saturday evening from 6 p.m.. to 10 p.m.., but organizers say they were up since dawn preparing for the event.
“Getting them filled, with sand, putting them all along the border of the rock wall, and then putting candles and lighting them,” Marty Martinez, a La Fe dental coordinator said.
Each year the organization sets up 4,000 luminaria, or sand-filled paper bags with a candle inside them, all along Scenic Drive.
Cars then are welcomed to drive through, entering on Richmond Avenue, to slowly and cautiously view the amber lit luminaria westward along Scenic Drive.
At the top of the mountain, canned foods and non-perishable food items are dropped off, along with any cash donations to help feed El Paso families in need.
“We are asking you to share your generosity, your canned goods your non-perishable food items so that we can take those donations and put together hopefully several hundred food baskets for many of the families in need in the community,” Estela Reyes Lopez, La Fe public information officer, said.
According to Reyes Lopez, the luminarias symbolize more than just La Fe’s Christmas spirit, but kindness, peace and social justice for all.
Organizers encourage you to donate canned goods to any La Fe office before 5 p.m. Wednesday the 19th.
Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe is a federally qualified community health center and social-justice nonprofit serving the U.S. and Mexico border since 1967.