The 4th annual Light Up Hope celebration at Stella’s Circle in Rawlins Cross took place Tuesday evening, as several hundred people gathered at the newly created public space to light up a hope sign and celebrate Giving Tuesday.
Bluedrop Learning Networks, a major supporter of Stella’s Circle, matched all donations received (up to $5,000).
The event featured fire jugglers, the RNC horses, Stella’s Circle staff in period costumes, and music by DJ Slim Macho and the Stella’s Circle Inclusion Choir.
The lighting of the hope sign was the highlight of the event and warm drinks and treats were provided by the Hungry Heart Cafe.
This was the first time an event was hosted in the new pedestrian section of Rawlins Cross, giving everyone who attended a much larger area to celebrate.
Light Up Hope is a community reminder of the importance of hope, especially during this time of year, which can be challenging for so many people.
This is the fourth year Stella’s Circle lit up a hope sign for Giving Tuesday at its facilities.
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving which follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a reminder to give back to people in the community who need support.
Other sites with hope signs include Emmanuel House on Cochrane Street, Naomi Centre on Patrick Street, Employment Services Centre & Community Support Program on Cabot Street and the Brian Martin Housing Resource Centre on Prescott Street.