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Marrow Donor Registry Drive (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

United Presbyterian Church
2400 Northmoor Rd.
Peoria, IL
Amanda Howie, 800.217.GIVE

Maureen's Story:

"On July 9, 2012, I received the shocking diagnosis of AML (acute myeloid leukemia), which is a very aggressive blood cancer. I began intensive chemotherapy immediately and knew that my greatest chance of survival was to receive a stem cell transplant. Marrow transplants tend to have greater success when matched with a sibling, but unfortunately, neither my brother nor my sister were matches when they got tested. Like 70% of all patients needing a marrow transplant, I needed to find an unrelated donor. My doctors turned to Be The Match. Out of 19 million people, they found two perfect matches for me who were both willing to become donors for me! I received a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor on November 13, 2012.

I was very lucky. There are thousands waiting for marrow transplants. Many of them are children. Be The Match is not looking for a cure. They have a cure.

In an effort to give back and help Be The Match save more lives, I've been advocating for them and am hosting this marrow donor drive.

Please join the registry by submitting a mouth swab. It's painless and easy. You could save a life!"


Are you healthy and between the ages of 18 and 44? Patients need you! For thousands with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is their only hope for life. Please join the marrow donor registry by submitting a swab of the inside of your mouth.


You could be the match that someone is looking for! You could save a life!


For more information on bone marrow or stem cell donation, please go to

SAVE61 Human Trafficking Awareness Event (Fri. Sep 12, 2014 5:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Bethel Church Ministry Center
131 North Court
Dixon, IL 61021


Dinner will be served by 6:00pm followed by a showing of the film.

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (PG-13), a hard hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends of modern day sex slavery.


A presentation will be given by Andy & Tasha Meyer of Liberty Task Force.

An offering will be taken.  Proceeds will go toward Liberty Task Force.


Please RSVP by phone or email by September 1.


Food 4 All - Community Food Drive (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Peoria area Kroger stores
Locations in Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin, Bartonville, Washington, Chillicothe, and Morton

This community-wide food drive will benefit all local food pantries through distribution of goods by Midwest Food Bank.


We’re partnering with Kroger and will have EVERY Kroger location in the Peoria area participating!  That’s 11 locations collecting food for those in need all on the same day!


How can you help?  We’re glad you asked!

1. PROMOTE the food drive to your circle of influence

2. SUPPORT the food drive with resources – we need banners, radio spots, print advertising

3. VOLUNTEER at the event with your family & friends.  You can sign-up to help out at a collection site by going online to SignUpGenius

4. PARTICIPATE however you can!


Fighting hunger and feeding families is what we’re all about – but we can’t do it without YOU and our community coming together as one to help those in need.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us at the email address above.


And, if you’re ready to sign up to serve, go to Sign Up Genius (Web link above) and get registered!   It will be a day to remember!  


See you at the food drive! 


A Rally for the Release of U.S. Pastor Jailed in Iran (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Riverfront Freedom Memorial, Riverfront Park
1204 Riverside Drive
East Peoria, IL 61611

Worldwide Vigils Mark Two-Year Anniversary of Saeed Abedini's Imprisonment



More than 700 days ago, American Pastor Saeed Abedini boarded a flight to Iran and never came back. Christmas has come and gone twice, and he's missed his children's birthdays and other family celebrations. After many false hopes that freedom could come, the Boise, Idaho, resident remains imprisoned by the Iran government on charges related to his Christian faith. Now, two years to the day of Abedini's incarceration, concerned citizens will gather in East Peoria and at similar vigils around the world to pray for his safe release and call upon their governments to act on his behalf. The U.S. citizen and Boise, Idaho, minister is serving out a "virtual death sentence" of eight years in one of Iran's most notorious prisons. Charged with "undermining the national security of Iran" because of his Christian faith, Pastor Saeed has faced repeated beatings, malnourishment, lack of proper medical treatment, and death threats from other prisoners and Iranian Revolutionary Guards.



Held on the two-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed's imprisonment, East Peoria's vigil, at the RiverFront Freedom Memorial, (the area around the flags) in Riverfront Park, behind the East Peoria Walmart, is part of a global effort to tell the world: #Its'sTime to #SaveSaeed. Protesters will gather in East Peoria to pray and to bring attention to Saeed Abedini's situation and the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.