The Community Christmas campaign sponored by the local United Way is under way. Collection boxes have been distributed around the River Bend and donations are welcome to help support those in need across the area. Items collected will be distributed to area agencies prior to Christmas, so all donations should be made by December 12.

Margaret Freer of Freer Auto Body in Godfrey says her business has been a long time supporter of the effort, and now holds a special event specifically for Community Christmas:

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Items needed include toys for children of all ages, new clothes, under garments and socks, new coats for all ages, winter hats and caps, and non-perishable food items. Cash donations may be mailed to United Way Community Christmas, 263 South Sixth Street, Wood River, IL, 62095.