The clients at Arrowhead West make Arroma Candles all year long to sell in local stores and in their administration building. But the holidays always seem to be their busiest time.
"The candles make great gifts," Nadine Lampe, development manager for Arrowhead West said in an interview Tuesday. "So that's probably why they're more popular this time of year."
Lampe also said she wasn't sure how long Arrowhead West has been making the candles, but it's been going on for at least a decade.
The candles come in 13 different fragrances, including a few new ones like blueberry cobbler.
"We try to add a few new fragrances each year," Lampe said, "and the blueberry one has been really popular so far."
Other fragrances include: cinnaberry, cranberry chutney, pecan caramel swirl, vanilla hazelnut, wild cinnamon bark and more.
Each candle is handmade by a client of Arrowhead West. They each must poor the wax, clean up the jar, cut the wick to the right length, get the candle ready to be sold and clean up their station when they're done.
"They love candle making day," Lampe said. "They have so much fun making the candles."
Candles are available in two sizes, 8 oz., which costs $10.50 and 12 oz., which costs $14.50. All of the money made from the candles goes towards paying the clients for their work.
"Arrowhead West clients, just like everyone else, want money to be able to buy things," Lampe said. "And this is how they earn theirs."
Candles can be purchased at many local businesses, at the Arrowhead West administration building, located at 1100 E. Wyatt Earp, or by calling (620) 227-8803.
About Arrowhead West
According to their website; www.arrowheadwest.org, Arrowhead West Inc. (AWI) is a not for profit organization which services children ages birth to three and adults over the age of 18 with developmental disabilities.
They have offices located in Dodge City, Medicine Lodge, Pratt, Kinsley and Wichita. The mission of AWI is to support each person’s needs, choices and participation in the community.
Today AWI serves over 1,000 children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.