The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 21, 2012

Residents give much to many


DANVILLE — Even though this is the season of giving, the results of local campaigns conducted during the holidays would impress anyone with the scope of generosity exhibited by area residents.

The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign had topped more than 60 percent of its goal earlier this week, with another big shopping weekend yet to come. And the campaign received its annual donation of a gold coin from an anonymous donor who obviously appreciates the services The Salvation Army provides those in need throughout the year.

Local food banks also benefit from residents’ compassion and kindness. A drive by the Danville Area Food Bank, sponsored with the help of Danville Township officials, collected numerous donations to help fill the shelves.

Local churches and other food banks have seen similar donations, which help make sure our neighbors will not go hungry during the holidays.

Project Success puts together a list of local children who could use some help from “Santa’s elves” to be sure there will be presents under the tree. The elves came through again this year, with employees at several area businesses stepping up to lend a hand and make donations.

Angel Trees sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Village Mall and numerous churches also help ensure a merry Christmas for the area’s youngest residents.

The response to the local Toys for Tots campaign, sponsored by the Marine Corps League, was tremendous. Toys lined many tables on distribution day at St. James United Methodist Church. They will be sure to bring as many smiles on Christmas morning.

Despite an uncertain economy, area residents again showed their kindness, compassion and generosity in many ways this holiday season.

We’ll add our thanks to those from the organizations who help make it a merry Christmas for so many. Your donations make it possible.