CHAMPAIGN — Whether by payroll deductions or lump-sum amounts, city employees pledged over $78,000 to charities of their choosing this year through United Way's annual Champaign County Combined Charities Campaign for public agencies.
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Christmas Eve services (Dec. 24):
CHAMPAIGN — There's a whole lot of ham going on — 50 baked hams, to be exact — for a community Christmas day dinner.
And everyone is welcome to join in the fellowship at First Christian Church's Community Christmas Dinner.
Adam Schuster has cooked six of the seven massive meals held so far for anyone who'd otherwise be alone on the holiday.
It's been a tradition for at least 25 years now.
After Thanksgiving, students at Edison Elementary in Danville collect food donations. At the end of the drive, staff — along with employees at Jocko's, the school's partner in education, and Danville firefighters — assemble food baskets for some Edison families.
CHAMPAIGN — When Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign conducted a "change the world" study this past fall, the issue of homelessness in the community rose to the top of the list of concerns.
John Jansky will speed-paint a portrait of World Series champ David Ross — upside down, no less — to raise money during the upcoming Tom Jones Challenger League Benefit in Champaign.
By CHELSEY BYERS GERSTENECKER
Three weeks ago, they were ordinary citizens. Today, five new Champaign County Board members are less than a month from helping decide the fate of the county nursing home.
For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Canteen Run's overnight warming center will be available Saturday night at Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church, 1913 S. Mattis Ave., C.