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The annual Kid’s Winter Coat drive runs through Sunday, Oct. 18; volunteers were at the Elks Lodge located at 903 N. Dunlap, Savoy, on Friday collecting at the entrance.
Some local residents were among about 100 people who braved the cold for a recent fundraiser to help the homeless.
C-U at Home held its annual One Winter Night event Feb. 6 in downtown Champaign. Participants volunteered to spend the night as “box dwellers” outside with only a cardboard box shelter between themselves and the elements.
A meal of soup and sandwiches was served, and country music band Terry Henson and Friends performed at a fundraiser for the Sadorus Food Pantry on Aug. 23.
Area post offices collected nonperishable food items to fight hunger on May 10 during the 2014 Letter Carrier’s Food Drive.
Philo, Sidney, Pesotum and Tolono post offices collected for the food pantry at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tolono. The total food donated to the Tolono Food Pantry was 1,437 pounds.
Read the full story in the May 22 issue of The County Star.
The Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation and volunteers will bring some warmth to the needy this holiday season through the annual Mitten Tree. The Mitten Tree has been a tradition at Provena Covenant since 1996.
The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host their annual NAMI Awareness Walk from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Crestview Park in Urbana.
The Living Hope Fellowship Church in Villa Grove (1206 Industrial Drive/Route 130, about 1 mile south of Villa Grove) has started a clothing mission for families in need.
In conjunction with Hunger Action Month, State Sen. Mike Frerichs is hosting a food and fund drive to benefit Eastern Illinois Foodbank through Sept. 28. “This fall, I wanted to find a way for the community to come together to help those who need a little extra help this week,” Frerichs said.
From 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, independent consultants from Mary Kay Cosmetics and “It Works,” along with many area businesses, will host an evening of pampering to raise awareness and money “A Woman’s Fund” at Champaign School of Music, 1712 S. Duncan Road (behind County Market at Duncan and Kirby).
Law enforcement officers across Illinois are taking to the streets, highways and roads of the state, carrying the torch (“Flame of Hope”) to help raise funds for their hometown sports heroes — the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. About 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement will cover the 23 legs of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch RunÆ.