During the holiday season, we are often focused on gifts that would be perfect for our friends and family.  While exchanging gifts with our loved ones is a joyous occasion, the holidays are also an ideal time to give of yourself to those in greater need.

There are opportunities to help and serve others all around us, especially during the holidays. Salvation Army bell ringers are needed throughout the season, Operation Christmas Child offers presents to children who might otherwise not receive gifts, local churches often have programs for service, the local food pantry can always use help, as can the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary and their Thrift Shop.

These are but a few of the opportunities to help others in our area.  Giving feels good so make helping someone else a part of your holidays.  Contact information or links for several local organizations are below.

Salvation Army

(Call Frank Joy at Bradford National Bank or see your nearby bell ringer)

Bond County Food Pantry:

Bond County Senior Center
305 S Third St.

Toys For Joy and Operation Christmas Child:

Greenville First Christian Church
1100 Killarney
Email: info@greenvillefcc.org


Greenville Regional Hospital and Auxiliary:



American Red Cross:




The Kaskaskia College Theatre Guild will perform the Dickens holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 7-9, in the Jane Knight Auditorium.  There is no admission charge and performances begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday.  Refreshments will be served following each performance.  For more information, call 545-3182.


The Christmas Lights Wonderland at the American Farm Heritage Museum is open now through Tuesday, January 1, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. nightly.  Fridays and Saturdays, visit with Santa Claus, ride the Christmas Train, and visit an 1800’s Christmas at Hill’s Fort.  Refreshments are served every night in the Little Red Barn.  There is no admission charge but donations are appreciated.  For more information, call 664-4189.



The Highland Area Women’s Connection Brunch is Tuesday, December 11, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., at Farmer’s Restaurant & Bakery.  The theme is “Ring in the Season” and Betty Steiner will have hands-on fun for all.  The speaker is Shirley Wheatly presenting “Cups of Life,” reflecting on how cups can bring memories to life.  Membership is not required and all area women are welcome.  The cost is $11.00 per person, payable at the door and reservations are required.  Call 920-0008.



Cleta D. Watson

Cleta D. Watson, age 93, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, November 28, at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. and Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church or to the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

Gladys M. Reichmann

Gladys M. Reichmann, age 98, of Keyesport, passed away Thursday, November 29, at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral arrangements for 98 year old Gladys M. Reichmann are pending at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.

Glennon A. Winter

Glennon A. “Glenn” Winter, age 59, of Breese, passed away Wednesday, November 28, at his residence.  A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to TIP Hospice or Mater Dei High School.

Helen Gebke

Helen Gebke, age 85, of Albers, formerly of Bartelso, passed away Wednesday, November 28, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso.  Burial will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Cecilia Church or the Siteman Cancer Center for Myeloma Research.


SATURDAY - cloudy, high 63, low 53, with a 30% chance of light rain Saturday night

SUNDAY - mostly cloudy, high 66, low 56


Assistant State’s Attorney Dora Mann has been an advocate for foster children and families in Bond County.  Foster Hope is Mann’s organization that helps that cause, and Mann is this week’s guest on Public Affairs Sunday after the Noon Bond County Area News.  Tune in to learn more about Foster Hope and how you may help.    

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