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Champaign man heads to Memphis to help

CHAMPAIGN — Robert Crossman headed for Memphis on Monday, making his 25th trip as a disaster-relief volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Crossman, who lives in Champaign, said he expects to work in a flood-relief shelter during his three-week assignment.

But he knows from experience that work assigned isn't always the work that gets done.

UI law student organizes relief for tornado victims

CHAMPAIGN — Victims of last week's killer tornadoes in Alabama will get relief from students at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Mutt Strut raises $22,000

CHAMPAIGN — A major fundraiser for the Champaign County Humane Society set a record Saturday, despite weather that threatened to call it off.

The Mutt Strut, held at Hessel Park in Champaign, raised $22,000 for the humane society. That's an increase of more than 20 percent over last year, according to a release from Megan Wolf of the society.

Used bike sale in Champaign to aid Habitat for Humanity

CHAMPAIGN -- Need a good used bike or need to get rid of one in your garage?

Champaign Cycle will host the second annual Community Used Bike Sale to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County this weekend. The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Champaign Cycle, 506 S. Country Fair Dr., C.

Paper will donate to charity of new subscribers' choice

The News-Gazette has launched an offer that allows new subscribers to help their favorite charities.

Start a new subscription to the newspaper -- the print or electronic edition -- and a $20 donation will be made in your name to the charity you choose.

That's all there is to it.

Service agencies ask for budget mercy

SPRINGFIELD – A coalition of Illinois human service providers urged lawmakers not to cut their budgets disproportionately, and not to use more conservative revenue figures being advanced by House Democrats.

Agencies cooperate to send radiation detectors to Japan

URBANA -- As Japanese citizens continue to deal with the aftershocks of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant on the country's eastern coast, 2,000 radiation detectors on Tuesday were on their way from Urbana to the country that was devastated by a March earthquake and consequent tsunami.

Food drive collecting cans on Wednesday

Just how many cans it would take to reach across the Quad may remain a mystery.

The third annual Cans Across the Quad drive is scheduled for Wednesday, organized by the Illini Union's Office of Volunteer Programs.

Runners raising money for organizations

In addition to the charities listed on the online registration form for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, several others are using the race to raise money by having runners collect pledges for the organizations.

Race offers opportunity to root for runners, help worthy causes

Want to make sure your runner knows he or she has your support during the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon?

Grab a "Cheer Sign," add the runner's name and decorate it however you want. Then hold it up as he or she runs past and yell really loud.

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