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Danville red kettle drive 'very much behind' goal

DANVILLE — There's less than a week for the bells to keep ringing, and the Salvation Army in Danville needs lots of help to meet its fundraising goal for this holiday season.

"This year, we're very much behind," said the Salvation Army's Captain Judy Lowder.


National Guard has toys for families

URBANA — When the National Guard Unit in Urbana asked for some toys to give to the children coming to its family Christmas party, local stores were generous.

So very generous, in fact, the guard unit has plenty of toys left over to donate to local families in need.


Red kettle, Tree of Hope drives still short of goals

CHAMPAIGN — Two local charities holding their major holiday fund drives have quite a few more dollars to raise.

The Salvation Army of Champaign County hopes to bring in $456,000 by Christmas Eve through its annual Red Kettle Drive.

But as of Monday, the red kettles were short more than $85,000, said Corps Officer Major Tom McDowell.


Event for new Danville club director moved to Wednesday

DANVILLE — A Boys & Girls Club of Danville reception to welcome new Executive Director Rob Gifford has been moved to Wednesday.


New leader of Danville youth agency a city native

Updated 8:20 p.m. Monday

DANVILLE — Boys & Girls Club of Danville officials may have conducted a broad search for their next leader, but they found him close to home.

Rob Gifford, a lifelong Danville resident, was hired as the organization's executive director on Nov. 30. He started the job on Monday.


Food bank urges donations in others' honor as gifts

URBANA — You could spend buy a sweater or a gadget for somebody on your Christmas list.

Or ... you could consider adding less stuff to somebody's life and put food on the table for a hungry family in your loved one's honor, says the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.


Program that feeds kids seeking books for backpacks

CHAMPAIGN — Ana Vieira wants to fill more than kids' empty tummies during the winter break: She wants to feed their imaginations.


Danville Y wins AT&T award

DANVILLE — The Danville Family YMCA is the recipient of an AT&T "Investing in Illinois" award.

The award provides resources and recognition to organizations and programs that improve lives in their communities and the state by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.


Dropoff added for donations for Santas Anonymous

WESTVILLE — Santas Anonymous has added another location where people can drop off Christmas presents for needy children.

A collection barrel has been placed at Casey's General Store at 750 S. State St., Westville.


All-day toy drive set for Wednesday in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Before you pick up breakfast or lunch at a drive-through Wednesday, thousands of Champaign County kids are counting on you to give something away at a special drive-through that day at Carle.

The Carle/Salvation Army toy drive that got under way in mid-November will wrap up later this week.