Social Services

Cops delivering free Christmas meals to Ford County families

PAXTON — When Ford County sheriff’s deputy Dave Kaeding visits homes each year to deliver to families a free Christmas meal, sometimes they don’t answer the door.

“Some families are pretty proud and they won’t answer the door, but we know they will need it (so we leave it on their doorstep) and they’ll come get it when we leave,” Kaeding said.

Program to provide free heating equipment to area families

PAXTON — Lennox Industries, a provider of home-comfort solutions, along with Paxton-based Dogtown Heating & Air, is seeking nominations for families who could benefit from new heating equipment through its North American community outreach program, Feel The Love.

Paxton mayor taking part in SNAP Hunger Challenge

PAXTON — On Thursday, Aug. 30, Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold, Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen, Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin and Paris Mayor Craig Smith will be trying to eat on less than $5 and urging others to do the same.

Gibson City plant collecting pop tabs for charity

GIBSON CITY — Hearthside Food Solutions’ plants in Gibson City and Wenona are collecting pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Churches, organizations to ‘pour out’ into community

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City churches and organizations are coming together to “pour out” into the community on Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26.

Gibson City food pantry marks milestone


GIBSON CITY — A few months shy of four years since its founding, the Gibson Area Food Pantry has grown at a monumental pace.

Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive set for May 12

The 26th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 12.

Sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns. The post office in Gibson City is participating, but Paxton's post office is not this year due to being short on staff.

Gibson City Rotarians are 'people of action making a difference'

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is a relatively small but mighty service organization. The club’s roster lists just more than 40 members, and at its three monthly meetings never are all 40 members there at once.

PBL student reflects on community service trip to Mississippi Delta


Returning to Clarksdale, Mississippi, this spring break was absolutely amazing and then some. This was my second time down in Clarksdale, and this trip was just as powerful and humbling as the last.

Cops deliver Christmas meals to families in need

PAXTON — About 50 families in Ford County were to receive a free Christmas meal Friday, courtesy of the Illini Lodge 17 Fraternal Order of Police’s food basket program.

Ford County sheriff’s deputy Dave Kaeding stopped by the Paxton Police Department on Friday morning, towing some 30 food baskets, along with hams and turkeys, using a trailer attached to his sport-utility vehicle.

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