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In a giving mood? Check things out before writing a check

Maybe you're feeling generous as the holidays approach.

Maybe you're interested in a tax deduction as the end of the year approaches.

Maybe you've seen an interesting post on Facebook about a charity that matches your interests.

"It's a season where people are looking to give back," said Maura Possley, a spokeswoman for the Illinois attorney general's office.

Got a question about charitable giving rules in Illinois? Here are some answers

Frequently asked questions about charitable solicitations in Illinois, from the attorney general's website:

I have just been solicited by a charity. How can I get information about the organization?

For the retirees, Dec. 7-14, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

DSC campaign a third of way to goal

The leader of a local disability advocacy organization said its annual holiday fundraising drive has already reached a third of its goal.

Developmental Services Center CEO Dale Morrissey made the comments Thursday on the WDWS Morning Show.

Moms can help families via local project

CHAMPAIGN — Local moms are invited to bring a Christmas decoration and take part in a community service project at Lincoln Square, Urbana, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

The event is being sponsored by 4Real Moms, a local community organization for mothers.

Spotlight on Service, Dec. 2, 2014

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Urbana Rotary Club

About the club

President: Libby Tyler

Origin: April 15, 1924

Meets: Noon every Tuesday at Clark-Lindsey Village, 101 W. Windsor Road, Urbana

On tap: Mary Wallace will speak today about Courage Connection.

CASA could use more volunteers to advocate for children

URBANA — Looking to do something to promote peace on Earth and good will toward men? The people who represent abused and neglected children in the Champaign County court system could use a hand.

Area foster parents chosen for national ad campaign

DANVILLE — Five years ago, Floyd and Raenell Crenshaw's five-bedroom house was on the verge of becoming an empty nest.

Today, it's anything but empty.

The Crenshaws, who both grew up in large families, believed they still had more to give, so they made the decision in 2009 to become foster parents.

Owner opens parts of building for tour to benefit food bank

CHAMPAIGN — Robert Grossman is opening up portions of The Lodge on Hill for a holiday open house that will serve as a fund-raiser for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Urbana tops Central, Centennial in Habitat drive

Kitty Schwartz and her fellow Habitat for Humanity club members' cash collecting efforts paid off: Urbana High School blew Champaign Central and Centennial out of the water, raising nearly $500 for the local Habitat's "Veteran Thanks" project.