Open hearts and open wallets can go a long way toward brightening an otherwise uncertain time at the holidays. That’s been illustrated for decades in central Illinois, where area residents have generously supported Friend-in-Deed, the holiday help program of The State Journal-Register.
Happily, central Illinoisans open not only their hearts and wallets, but also their hands: Friend-in-Deed enjoys tremendous volunteer labor. Quite simply, the program could not be done without it. In all, about 500 community residents contribute their time to Friend-in-Deed, doing everything from processing application forms, helping organize and fill orders for food, to actually delivering the orders just before Christmas.
Every penny that is donated goes directly for purchase of food. The State Journal-Register covers all administrative costs.
Certainly The State Journal-Register has been grateful for the opportunity to serve those in need, and very appreciative of the assistance and financial support from the community that make it possible to hold the annual effort.