Officials from the Columbia-based Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment are doing what they can to help the Midlands shine bright Friday night.

The center is selling luminaries to light outside of homes or businesses at 8 p.m. Friday, April 2, for World Autism Awareness Day. The "Light It Up Blue" campaign associates blue with autism awareness, originated by the Autism Speaks organization.

"Light It Up Blue is a celebration of the autism community and the progress that we can make towards acceptance, inclusion, self-determination and the opportunity for achievement of the highest possible quality of life, if we all come together," said Anslie Patrick, Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment executive director.

Each kit includes 10 luminaries for $20 and can be purchased HERE. Some have been decorated by children at the center. Participants can share a photo on social media of the luminaries with the hashtag #LightItUpBlue and tag @UnumbCenter to be entered into a drawing for a Unumb Center swag bag.

Kits can be picked up at The Unumb Center (1505 Blanding St., Columbia) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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