HOI United Way announces mid-way campaign total

Nov 26, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

The Heart of Illinois United Way is making the final push for individuals to give to its annual campaign. The organization announced it’s about one-point eight million dollars away from matching last year’s final total. Campaign co-chair Teresa Koch says Thanksgiving is a good time to remind people of the need to support the United Way.

Families from around Central Illinois have various options to ring in the holiday season. It begins with the 126th Santa Claus Parade. The longest running holiday parade in the country kicks off at 10:15 this morning at the Central Fire House on Monroe and continues to Main, Jefferson, Liberty and Adams ending at the Courthouse. The theme is “the Sights and Sounds of Christmas” and features more than 85 costumed characters, novelty walking units, horses, and decorated floats. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is also again partnering with the Salvation Army and Midwest Food Bank to run a community food and coat drive at the event. Parade attendees are asked to bring canned goods and gently used coats that will be donated to those in need.