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The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana wants the community to know it has money, raised at such events as the Festival of Trees, to give to organizations.
Trish Gulley of the League said the money is given out in the spring and the fall. Preference is typically given to programs that mesh with the League's missions, including supporting children and training volunteers.
URBANA – Working recently with a 5-year-old girl sexually molested by a neighbor, Kathy McGee had something other than her own 18 years of experience to help her help the child.
The victim advocate in the Champaign County state's attorney's office had a book written for children who have been victimized called "Lily Lightning Bug and Her Stolen Glow."
PAXTON – The need to help others "hit home" when Sally Warnick lost her job as office manager at Concrete Technology Inc. in the spring of 2009.
CHAMPAIGN – The basement at the Center for the Women in Transition is full of brightly wrapped holiday gifts – as in lining the hallway, overflowing the main room and spilling over into the laundry.
CRIS Healthy Aging Center is closing all Senior Meal Sites and canceling all home-delivered senior meal service in Vermilion County for Tuesday because of the weather.
The closure includes the Senior Meal Sites in Danville, Westville, Hoopeston and Rankin. This also includes all home delivered meal service in Danville, Westville, Georgetown, Hoopeston and Rankin.
RANTOUL – Every family who walked through the door had a need, but Laura Grandy's was double – and immediate.
Grandy had signed up to shop for free Christmas toys for her children Thursday at the Holiday Bureau in Rantoul, a service offered by the Community Service Center of Champaign County for nearly 40 years.
DANVILLE – The day was gray and cold, but people were not put off as they waited their turn at St. James United Methodist Church on Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN – Planned Parenthood is moving ahead with a $2.3 million building project in Champaign, but is running out of time to raise enough money to receive a grant to help pay for it.
CHAMPAIGN – Mary Jo Holmes doesn't blame anyone but herself for the 18 years of her life she's lost to drug addiction.
But she's sick about what it's done to her daughter.
"She's 31 now. She was 13 when I got into it heavily. I missed the most important part of her life," Holmes said.
CHAMPAIGN – Beginning this month, City of Champaign Township welfare clients will see a bump in their monthly stipend as the payout rises from $212 to $225 to pay for essential needs.
The $13 increase might seem modest, but Township Supervisor Pam Borowski says every dollar counts.