CWU gives back to the community

Group donates $130,000 this year

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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