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CWU gives back to the community

Group donates $130,000 this year

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 3:21 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 3:26 p.m. CST
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Representatives from several local organizations and schools met at the Princeton Closet on Wednesday morning to accept their donation checks. Representatives included (left to right) Dawn Reglin and Mary Hartz of Bureau Valley Buddy Bags, Karen Henrikson of Crossroads High School, Lori Compton of Bureau County Red Cross, Jeff Dean of Gateway Services and CILA Homes, Kate Webster of Princeton Buddy Bags, Vanessa Hoffeditz of Bureau County Food Pantry, Curtis Odell of Princeton Christian Academy, Kim Baker of Bureau Valley Hospice, Brian Hall and Mary McKinney of Princeton Ministerial Emergency Fund, Denise Ihrig of Bureau County Senior Citizen's Association, Julie McCutchan of Prairie Arts Council, Jean Babcock of Bureau County Health and Wellness and Hector Gomez of Bureau County Health Department Dental Clinic.
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Representatives from several local organizations and schools met at the Princeton Closet on Wednesday morning to accept their donation checks. Pictured (left to right) are Cinda Kierski, vice president of Princeton area CWU, Buc Grey of Young Life, Julie Davis, Princeton Closet manager, Paul Butler of WUNT Radio, Heidi Lott of Zearing Child Enrichment Center, Jill Guynn of University of Illinois Extension 4-H of Bureau County, Ronda Hollars of Tabitha's Hands, Cynthia DeFreezer of Western Bureau County Food Pantry, Dana Vanautreve of Second Story, Beth Bickerman of Princeton Public School Foundation and Pam Gray, president of Princeton area CWU.

PRINCETON — The Princeton area Church Women United (CWU) distributed its 2013 fund donations from the Princeton Closet on Wednesday morning.

The organization was able to present a grand total of $130,000 to 36 various local groups and schools.

Organizations included Bureau County Red Cross, Another Child Foundation, Bright Beginnings Prekindergarten, Princeton Buddy Bags, Bureau Valley Buddy Bags, Bureau Valley Hospice, Bureau County Food Pantry, Bureau County Health Department Dental Clinic, Bureau County Health and Wellness, Bureau County Senior Citizen’s Association, Crossroads High School, CWU Projects, Gateway Services and C.I.L.A. Homes, Girl Scout Troop 4011, Camp 56, Illinois Valley PADS, In-Home Care VNA, Living Works Suicide Prevention, Making It Program at Hampshire Colony Church, Prairie Arts Council, Princeton Christian Academy, PES Plays, Princeton Ministerial Emergency Fund, Princeton Public School Foundation, Second Story, St. Louis School, Tabitha’s Hands, University of Illinois Extension 4-H of Bureau County, Western Bureau County Food Pantry, WUNT Radio, Wyanet Food Pantry, Young Life and Zearing Child Enrichment Center.

Pam Gray, president of CWU, announced while the organization has already met a mark of donating a total of $1 million worth of profits from the Princeton Closet since 2002, it is now working on achieving its next mark, which is to reach $2 million.

“Because of the generous support of this community, the Princeton Closet continues to flourish and make a profit,” Gray said. “The many volunteers and generous donations keep the expenses down and allow us to help others in our community in various ways.”

For more than 40 years, CWU of Princeton has been a large helping hand in the local community with their tireless volunteer efforts and many donations.

“Each year is a new challenge. We ask for your prayers and support in the future, so that we may continue to praise God in our work and return the bounty to this community,” Gray said.

Along with operating the Princeton Closet resale shop, the CWU is also involved in other ministries, holds celebrations for May Friendship Day and World Community Day, have sponsored the Mobile Meals program since 1974, and helps out with the American Red Cross Bloodmobile-canteen.

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