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Food drives take aim at increased need

WESTVILLE — It's that time of year when Westville library patrons can dig into their cupboards rather than their pockets to pay up their overdue book fines.

Beginning Nov. 1, the Westville Public Library on South State Street started accepting bags of food in lieu of money for fines.


New Habitat homeowner feels 'so blessed'

DANVILLE — Candace McNeal says she has much to be thankful for, especially this year.

That's because on Sunday, Habitat for Humanity of Danville officials will hand McNeal and her three children the keys to their new home.


Rantoul's Community Service Center turns 40

RANTOUL — It's been 40 years since village leaders agreed to a three-month experiment.

During the summer of 1971, the Rantoul Village Board agreed to pay a full-time person to work at a new referral agency for local and area residents needing help.


Last-minute effort by donors fuels food giveaway

CHAMPAIGN — By the time the doors opened at noon, Rosie Slaughter had been standing outside in the cold, dodging the rain for more than an hour and a half.

Many more people were standing in line behind her — everybody waiting for a free bag of food at Tuesday's "Stuff it" Thanksgiving giveaway at the Glory Center in Champaign.


Blood bank seeks to help food bank

Community Blood Services of Illinois is calling on donors for more than blood this week.

The organization is asking donors to fill a holiday-week shortage for blood products and to bring in donations of nonperishable food items to help feed the hungry.

"We're just thinking it's a chance for them to do two good deeds at once," said Carrie Web, director of donor relations.


Assistance with winter power bills available

DANVILLE — Area residents can sign up this week to get help with their power bills this winter.

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency will conduct its annual Power Blitz at the David S. Palmer Arena on Tuesday.


Fundraiser for dental program on Sunday

CHAMPAIGN — A fundraiser will be held for SmileHealthy at Checkered Moon, 1731 W. Kirby Ave., C, from 4-7 p.m. Sunday.

The organization has teamed up with the Trillium Project to create pendants incorporating words from SmileHealthy's own child dental patients.


Shaving cream gift boosts effort led by lawmaker for veterans

DANVILLE — Veterans across central Illinois and western Indiana will benefit from a donation from a Danville area company.

KIK Custom Products on Hegeler Lane, in rural Danville, recently donated 3,500 cans of shaving cream to the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System as part of a supply drive coordinated by state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign.


Orange Krush donates over $180,000

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois student group donated over $180,000 to the university and area charities Wednesday evening.

Orange Krush, the student cheering section for the Fighting Illini men's basketball team, raises money annually for various organizations by seeking pledges from the community.


Salt and Light hands out more than 700 dinners for holiday

CHAMPAIGN — A Thanksgiving food giveaway at Salt and Light Ministries provided holiday meals for needy families — with one turkey to spare.

The Christian-based charity handed out 735 Thanksgiving dinners as part of its weekly food pantry on Wednesday — turkeys, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls, pumpkins and other fixings.


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