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Social Services

Supportive programs welcome donations

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign and Urbana schools currently have several ongoing programs that support their students, others in need and teachers.

The Champaign Schools Family Information Center is again collecting coats, hats and gloves for its annual Warm-A-Kid Program. The collection drive is in its 15th year and is funded completely by the community.

Red-kettle goal set at $428,000 this season

CHAMPAIGN — The Salvation Army of Champaign County hopes to raise $428,000 through its annual holiday red-kettle drive that launched Monday.

Maj. Tom McDowell urged volunteers to sign up for bell-ringing duty at the 22 kettle locations throughout the county.

Ameren to rebuild Gifford's power system on Tuesday

GIFFORD — Personnel from Ameren are expected to be in force on Tuesday in Gifford to start work rebuilding the community’s power system, which was left devastated by Sunday’s tornado.

Toy drive for kids starts Thursday

URBANA — Families in need can have a tough time buying gifts at the holidays, but generous folks can help the Salvation Army of Champaign County make sure more local kids get a new toy.

A 29th annual toy drive that is a community service project of the Carle health care organization and WDWS/WHMS/WKIO radio will get underway Thursday and run through Dec. 12.

Salvation Army lowers red kettle goal

CHAMPAIGN — The Salvation Army of Champaign County will roll out its red kettles for the holiday season at 11 a.m. Monday with a fundraising goal a bit more modest than last year's.

This year's goal amount will be announced at a Champaign Rotary Club meeting set for noon Monday, said Corps Officer Major Tom McDowell.

Community rallies for food pantry

BEMENT — The Bement Food Pantry is used to helping those in need.

But when the facility suffered its own crisis, it was the community that gave back in a big way to help keep the pantry's doors open.

Danville Festival of Trees offering chance to build elf-esteem

DANVILLE — In the past, families who participated in the Festival of Trees' "Polar Express" event were greeted at the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville by close to 100 of Santa's elves.

This year, event organizers and the city of Danville hope to increase that number to at least 763.

Immigrant aid program needs donors

Catholic group halted grant over Y's refusal to quit coalition that spoke in favor of allowing same-sex marriage

CHAMPAIGN — After losing a much-needed grant from a Catholic organization, the University YMCA plans to launch a campaign to raise money so it can continue its work on behalf of the local immigrant community.

Relay for Life wins national award

CHAMPAIGN — Relay for Life of Champaign County has once again been named a national winner.

The local relay secured four state awards for its participation in the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser, then went on to be recognized as one of three top relays in the U.S., says its event chairwoman for the past two years, Jill Rannebarger.

Learn a dance — and help

URBANA — Here's a chance to try Zumba, a dance-fitness workout, for free and help the Salvation Army gather toys for the holiday season.

A Zumbathon Christmas toy drive will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Urbana Park District's Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton, U.

Admission is one new unwrapped toy that will be given to the Salvation Army of Champaign County.