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Pajama party aims to help kids

CHAMPAIGN — Two local women are inviting the local community to an adult pajama party in downtown Champaign this weekend, hoping to help local kids who don't have warm pajamas of their own.

Boys & Girls Club to seek new leader

CHAMPAIGN — The Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club will look for a new executive director.

The club's board announced Wednesday it has decided against renewing the contract of its current executive director, Andre Arrington, and will immediately begin a national search for someone to replace him.

Volunteers sought for fund-raiser

CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home is seeking about 100 volunteers to help with its upcoming fund-raiser for the homeless, One Winter Night, set for Feb. 3-4.

The event will be held in downtown Champaign along Neil Street, as more than two dozen people spend the night sleeping out in the cold in cardboard boxes.

Boys & Girls Club board won't renew director's contract

CHAMPAIGN — The Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club board has decided against renewing the contract of the organization's executive director, Andre Arrington, the board announced this afternoon.

The board said it is moving in a different direction and will begin a national search for a new executive director.

'Power blitz' offers energy-bill assistance

DANVILLE — Families and individuals can apply for energy bill assistance at the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency's "power blitz" later this week.

'Hard to take the street out of the man'

CHAMPAIGN - The bed stays empty in Vern Chounard's little house. Sleeping on the floor feels more like the hard ground he slept on for so long.

And all that food he's got now — in his own kitchen — he's not used to it, he says.

Event scheduled to raise funds, awareness about homelessness

CHAMPAIGN — Local officials and others will sleep outside in cardboard boxes in downtown Champaign on the night of Feb. 3 to help raise awareness of homelessness and money for C-U at Home.

Participants will be outside in boxes along Neil Street, from One Main Plaza to the City Building, between 5 and 9 p.m.

Event to benefit food bank

CHAMPAIGN — A storytelling and spoken-word show will take place Saturday evening at the Indi Go Artist Co-op to benefit the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.

"For a Cold Winter's Night; Colder Lines in Colder Times," starting at 7 p.m., will feature Benjamin Matheson, Suzy Requarth, Stage Presence, Hal Southern, Jamie Marlow and Dan Keding.

Salvation Army starts cutting budget when kettle drive falls short

CHAMPAIGN — The Salvation Army of Champaign County has started making some budget cuts, after falling just over $46,000 short of its holiday fund drive.

After word was out last week that the organization was $59,000 short of its fund-raising goal with just days remaining before the close of the campaign, last-minute donations brought in another $12,800, Envoy Mike Fuqua said.