Annual Luminaries of Hope and Live Nativity

Annual Luminaries of Hope and Live Nativity


Preparations for Christmas start and finish with a special drive through event on our campus: Luminaries of Hope and Live Nativity.

Cunningham Children’s Home will host its special holiday drive thru event: 4th Annual Luminaries of Hope and Live Nativity, December 8th and 9th from 6–8 p.m. Along with a live nativity, Cunningham’s campus, located at 1301 N. Cunningham Avenue in Urbana, will be lit up with hundreds of luminaries, including 846 Luminaries of Hope, representing each of the youth, adults and families the agency served this year through its residential, educational and community-based services.

"This event is so special on so many levels," Ginger Mills, Director of Advancement, said. "It is peaceful and beautiful, and we could all use a couple of hours of that, but it has great meaning as well. The glowing luminaries represent the youth and families Cunningham served this year, but also the loved ones of our community and that just warms our heart."

Luminaries of Hope also celebrates and honors Cunningham’s lights of hope, Judge Joseph and Mary Cunningham, whom with giving hearts, had the desire to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children in need. They are the reason Cunningham Children’s Home has existed for more than 128 years and has helped so many in need.

For $10, the public can purchase a luminary, in honor or memory of someone special, to be included along the drive. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE LUMINARIES

For a suggested donation of $5, the community is invited to drive through our campus and enjoy this special event. When guests arrive, they will receive a program featuring the names of all who have purchased luminaries of hope and the names for whom they are honoring or memorializing.


Special thanks to our Ambassadors of Hope