for Tots and holiday baskets on Santa's to-do list at CIEDC in
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The Central Illinois Economic Development
Corporation works year-round to help the low-income, elderly and
disabled in central Illinois. However, as the holiday season and
cold weather approaches, CIEDC hits a busy time of year with Toys
for Tots and holiday basket distribution.
Partnered with the Marine Corps Reserve, CIEDC is the distribution
site for Toys for Tots in Logan County. Any community members or
organizations interested in donating new toys for the program can
drop them off at CIEDC or any Toys for Tots collection boxes located
throughout Logan County.
On Dec. 16, parents who have signed up at
corporate headquarters in Lincoln can pick up new toys for their
children for the holidays. Any interested parents can contact Kathy
Shepherd at CIEDC by calling 732-2159 or visiting CIEDC at 1800
Holiday baskets have been distributed by CIEDC for over 25 years.
This year, families will receive either a holiday gift basket or a
gift card for a local grocery store. Several local organizations
have offered to sponsor families, and donations are still being
accepted by CIEDC.
Income-eligible residents can sign up for a holiday basket by
visiting CIEDC corporate headquarters by Dec. 9. Baskets will be
distributed Dec. 13 and 14.
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Along with holiday basket distribution, approximately 20 families
will also have a chance to pick up a free live Christmas tree
donated by Graue Chevrolet and the local Kiwanis club.
"Last year, CIEDC served over 600 individuals in Logan County
with holiday baskets," said Kathy Shepherd, program director for
community services. "We look forward to another successful year in
helping our low-income neighbors. We are thankful for all community
support for this much-needed service."
CIEDC is a Community Action agency that serves six counties:
Logan, DeWitt, Piatt, Fulton, Mason and Menard.
[Central Illinois Economic Development
Corp. news release]