Top of the Morning, Dec. 6, 2018

Top of the Morning, Dec. 6, 2018

Ahead of next week's annual toy drive put on by Carle, Salvation Army and News-Gazette Media's three radio stations, two holiday reminders about service clubs doing good things in our community:— The C-U Optimist Club would like nothing better than to sell all 400 Christmas trees at their tent at the northwest corner of Springfield and Mattis in Champaign (right). On Wednesday, about 75 trees remained — Fraser fir, Scots pine, Douglas fir — with prices ranging from $20 to $120.

"We're a local club working hard to give back to our own community," Tori Exum said.

Last year, the club raised about $10,000 from the tree sale that went to a variety of youth activities.

The tent's open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends.


— The Savoy Rotary Club's annual Morning With Santa is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Savoy Recreation Center. Proceeds from the kid-friendly carnival will go to pay for fully stocked backpacks for students at Carrie Busey Elementary School.

"It goes a long way in helping those students who could use extra supplies," said Carrie Busey Principal Craig Keer, noting that more than 60 students benefited from the project this school year.

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