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Help give local families a Thanksgiving dinner

On top of its mission to provide emergency shelter and resources for many displaced families, for 21 years Restoration Urban Ministries has provided baskets of Thanksgiving fixings to struggling families around Champaign-Urbana. These baskets include everything for a traditional Thanksgiving meal–turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and vegetables–items that would otherwise go missing from the tables of those in need.

The cost of providing a family with a Thanksgiving basket is just $36. But, this year, Restoration Urban Ministries is lacking the funds to help needy families and is seeking assistance to provide this service to those they serve. To help cover the shortfall, Restoration Urban Ministries and Savoy United Methodist Church are asking the community to help give 250 local families a happy holiday by donating.

To provide 250 families with a $36 basket, the groups are hoping to raise $9,000 over the next week so that baskets may be distributed at Restoration Urban Ministries on November 21st. Anyone interested in donating my mail or deliver a check to 

Savoy United Methodist Church
3002 Old Church Road
Champaign, IL 61822

Be sure to include Restoration Urban Ministries in the memo line of the check. All donations are tax deductable. For more information on the Thanksgiving baskets or how to donate, you can contact Savoy United Methodist Church at (217) 352-3993 or project coordinator Barb Davies directly at (217)979-2265.

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