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Let Butler’s stay in cocoa cottage be a short one

United Way chief hopes to raise $1,500 on Giving Tuesday

Leslie Butler, Bureau County United Way executive director, plans to observe Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3 by staying in the cocoa cottage, outside the Prouty Building in downtown Princeton, until $1,500 has been raised for United Way's 2020 campaign. Donations can be dropped off to Butler starting at 9 a.m. They can also be made online through PayPal.
Leslie Butler, Bureau County United Way executive director, plans to observe Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3 by staying in the cocoa cottage, outside the Prouty Building in downtown Princeton, until $1,500 has been raised for United Way's 2020 campaign. Donations can be dropped off to Butler starting at 9 a.m. They can also be made online through PayPal.

PRINCETON — On Dec. 3, Giving Tuesday, Leslie Butler, Bureau County United Way executive director, plans to wait inside the cocoa cottage until $1,500 has been raised for United Way’s 2020 campaign.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Bureau County United Way plans to use its Facebook page to encourage as many donations as it can this coming Tuesday.

Donations can be dropped off to Butler at the cocoa cottage starting at 9 a.m., or can be made online through PayPal.

Butler said the 2020 campaign is doing great and is on track at 30 percent of the $107,000 goal. The campaign kicked off in September and runs through next spring.

Butler said the recent mail campaign was a success, and area businesses and industries continue to raise monies through payroll deduction contributions.

Monies raised by Bureau County United Way support 15 local health and human service agencies: American Red Cross, Gateway Services, Center for Youth and Family Solutions, University of Illinois Extension, Bureau County Food Pantry, Youth Service Bureau, Girls Scouts of Central Illinois, Freedom House, Braveheart Children’s Advocacy, Boys Scouts, Bureau County Senior Center, Prairie State Legal, Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living, Habitat for Humanity and Second Story Teen Center.

“The resources they provide to the community are vital, and so to ensure we’re hitting goal and able to fund these agencies 100 percent is really important to the community,” Butler said.

The cocoa cottage is located next to the Prouty Building, at 435 S. Main St. in Princeton. For those who wish to donate online, the link is paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1852524.

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