The Itasca Lions are proud to continue the tradition of the Christmas Luminary, which in Itasca, was started back in 1960 by Boyd and Barbara Hindman.   The tradition of candle lit bags lining the walkways and streets on Christmas Eve is symbolic of the “Lighting of the Christ Child’s way home”.

Please light your candles at 5pm on Christmas Eve.  (Rain date is Christmas Day.)

Sand for your Luminary bags is available at Washington Park, 350 E Irving Park Road, in the corner of the parking lot in front of the Park District building.

Additional bags and candles are available at the 7-11 store on Walnut or at the Itasca Park District, 350 E. Irving Park Road.

 

  Originally, it was just the Hindman’s and their neighbors who displayed the luminaries but as other Itascans recognized the beauty and symbolism of the lighted bags, more and more neighbors joined in.   Boyd Hindman, a Past-President of the Itasca Lions Club, passed away in 1972 and Barbara continued to distribute the luminaries by herself.   By 1975 the luminaries numbered in the thousands and the Lions of Itasca took over the distribution.    In March of 1997, Barbara Hindman also passed away.  The beauty and the spirit that she and Boyd introduced to Itasca back in 1960 will continue as long as caring neighbors make Itasca a unique and wonderful place to live.

        The Lions of Itasca appreciate any and all donations for the luminaries.   Thanks to the kindness and generosity of each of you, luminary donations have allowed the Lions Club to continue our mission of helping those in need.   You can mail your contributions to the Itasca Lions Club using the enclosed envelope or donate online at www.itascalions.org.

         Your contributions support:     Camp lions, Hadley School for the Blind,  Canine Companions,  Leader Dog Foundation, Itasca Senior Citizens,  Itasca Walk-In Ministry, Itasca Athletic Association,  Itasca VFW,  Marklund School,  Juvenile Diabetes,  North East DuPage Special Recreation Association and many other Itasca area organizations that benefit youth, seniors and the needy.