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Social Services

Police, firefighters to staff red kettles

CHAMPAIGN — Justus Clinton and Jason Rector are not only civil servants in Champaign, they're long-time close family friends who enjoy cooking up schemes together that often benefit others.

17th Annual Festival of Trees

The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana's 17th Annual Festival of Trees at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.


Art Coop event will raise money for Humane Society

URBANA — The Art Coop in Lincoln Square Village will have its third annual $50 Art Show from Friday through Dec. 21 to benefit the Champaign County Humane Society.

Roller derby league seeks partner charities

CHAMPAIGN — The Twin City Derby Girls roller derby league is committed to serving the Champaign-Urbana community and to empowering women and girls through charitable service and outreach.

New director sought for Monticello shelter

MONTICELLO — Willow Tree Missions of Monticello is looking for a new executive director for Neighbor House, the domestic violence shelter it opened earlier this year.

Mitten tree fundraiser under way at Covenant

URBANA — The Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation has brought out its annual mitten tree for the holiday season, and is asking visitors to help with this fund-raising project.

Anyone making a $5 donation can write a holiday message on a paper mitten that will be displayed on the tree in the Covenant Medical Center lobby.

Oakwood school launches toy drive

Oakwood Junior High School has launched its fourth annual toy drive.

People can drop off new toys at the school's office, at 21600 N. 900 East Road, Danville, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They also can drop them off at Dollar General, 500 N. Oakwood St., Oakwood, during business hours.

Free dinner again set for Christmas day

CHAMPAIGN — First Christian Church will host a free turkey dinner for hundreds of folks who would otherwise be alone or without a meal on Christmas day.

And the dinner will come complete with holiday music, decorations and gifts for the kids.

Habitat board eliminates director's position to cut costs

DANVILLE — Habitat for Humanity of Danville will continue to build two or three affordable houses each year, but it will do so without an executive director for the time being.

The chapter's board of directors recently voted to eliminate the position, President Erich Hannah said Wednesday. The salaried position had been held by John Graves for several years.

Gifts, letters to be collected in Urbana

URBANA — Holiday gifts to soldiers will be collected on Dec. 2 in Urbana, and letters are welcome as well.

The event runs from 1 p.m. to however long it takes at the ILEAS Building, 1701 E. Main St., U.

Lori Stewart of rural Urbana, who founded Toys for Troops, said the letters help soldiers like her own son, Brian Jolley, through what can be lonely service abroad.