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Sun. Nov 29, 2015

Adopt-a-Senior Volunteer Opportunities (Sun. Nov 29, 2015 8:00 am - 9:00 am)

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Peoria area

Adopt-a-Senior, a program of Neighbor Love that organizes holiday parties for nursing home residents in Metro Peoria, is in need of more volunteers.


Many of these residents NEVER have any visitors throughout the year except when our parties happen. We believe we are commanded by the Golden Rule to hold these parties.


We are trying to increase our volunteer base with overall organization volunteers and event leadership volunteers.


Please visit the Web site above to find out all the details about all of the opportunities available. For more information, call the number listed above.

Holiday Book Drive (Sun. Nov 29, 2015 9:00 am - 10:00 am)

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Sangamon County

Three retired elementary teachers have taken it upon themselves to continue a book drive for children that began in 2010. Donations of new books and/or financial donations are accepted during the month of November.


The program started as part of the Friend-in-Deed program. When Friend-in-Deed no longer gave out toys/books, the teachers created an independent organization for the book drive. This is its sixth year.


Last year’s drive provided books for 4,154 children through various agencies in Sangamon County. Since its inception, more than 10,000 books have been donated.


Books are for children ages birth – 12 years old.

Each book is new.

Every penny donated goes directly for books – no overhead costs.


Books for the drive can be purchased and donated at Barnes and Noble. Other collection sites in Sangamon County include:

          Chatham Area Public Library

          Chatham Presbyterian Church

          Chatham Bank and Trust

          Rochester High School

          Rochester 2-3 Building

          Rochester Library

          Williamsville Library

          Sherman Elementary

          Trinity Lutheran Preschool, Auburn

          Bridge Club of Springfield


Monetary donations to can be sent to: Holiday Book Drive, Bank and Trust Co., P.O. Box 228  Chatham, IL 62629

Make checks payable to Holiday Books Drive.


For more information, to have books picked up, or if you want your business, organization, or church to be a drop-off location, contact Jane Byram at the number or email listed above.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Nov 29, 2015 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Love Packages
220 Union St
Butler, IL 62015

Love Packages is a ministry that receives donated Christian materials to send to nations throughout the world that cannot afford them or cannot obtain them. In Butler, IL 20 foot ocean-going containers are fully packed and sent by truck and then barge to such places as India, South Africa, Liberia, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. 


Bibles, Sunday School materials, Bible Reference books, Christian books, Christian magazines and Tracts, Christian CD's and DVD's are all packed by catagory and sent to 3rd world countries. Bibles in any condition, Protestant or Catholic are the most requested resource. For this reason we are especially asking for donations of Bibles.


Containers are sent out weekly and the cost to send these containers is $3,500 to $6,000 per load. Donations toward this cost is appreciated.


With only 3 employees, this ministry depends heavily on volunteers. You may bring a group of any age, for any length of time, to help sort and repackage materials. Two dorms and a kitchen are available at no charge.


Below are listed the many places that have provided space to collect donated materials. Please participate as you can.


Love Packages: 220 Union, Butler, IL 62015- Open 9-4 M-F, Sat. by appt.- 217.532.6701


WPEO Peoria:  Accepts in Aug. and Sept.- 800.728.1020


Eastview Baptist Church: 2277 E Black(at Wolfe), Springfield- 8:30-12:30 M-F  217.522.6631


Family Christian Bookstore: 3435 Freedom Dr, Springfield- During business hours- 217.793.2085


Springfield Chiropractic Clinic: 1045 S 2nd (at Allen)- During business hours- 217.544.5213


KMDY: in Carthage at 52 Main St.- During business hours- 888.357.5639


Thanksgiving Community Dinner (Sun. Nov 29, 2015 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Evangelical Free Church
1300 E Chestnut
Canton, IL 61520

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Advent Hymn Sing (Sun. Nov 29, 2015 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting an Advent Hymn Sing.


This is an opportunity to begin the Advent season by singing the Advent songs that we all know and love. Songs such as "On Jordan's Bank the Baptist Cries", "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel", "Hark the Glad Sound" and "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" will be sung. Attendees will have the chance to request other Advent songs and even a few Christmas carols. The Trinity Church Band will provide accompaniment with the organist and pianist.


The Young Adult Book Club will provide light refreshments after the Hymn Sing.