Volunteer helps the community, organization through annual fundraiser

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WASHINGTON, Ill.— Easterseals of Central Illinois volunteers break up into teams to host several fundraisers throughout the year.

This friendly competition encourages them to spread awareness about the non-profit organization and reach their yearly goal. The money raised benefit families with disabilities.

Wednesday, Carol Loser held her 6th annual donation and bake sale at First Baptist Church in Washington. The concept of her annual event is to help the community get what they need at a price they can afford, while raising money for children with disabilities.

During the donation and bake sale, the community can shop for clothes, books, seasonal decorations, kitchen utensils and kid toys for a monetary donation of their choice.

She creates several fundraising events every month to reach her personal goal of $10,000 yearly. She said she makes an effort to make sure people can only donate what they can afford.

Teams are only required to raise $1,000 a year, but she said she likes to go above and beyond because she has a personal connection with the organization.

“I’ve been with Easterseals for 14 years,” she said. “My oldest granddaughter was born premature and we used Easterseals services so this is my way to pay it back to them.”

Easterseals is a non-profit healthcare organization that serves families dealing with disabilities. The money raised by the various teams is put towards medication, equipment, recovery programs, camp and recreation, and more.

Loser’s promotes her fundraisers through the name Team Carol on Facebook. She said she is always looking for volunteers.

“St. Jude is very well known in this area. I would like to see Easterseals as known as well. I have my way, everyone will know it, I walk the talk with them,” she said.

On Thursday the sale will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, the sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon, concluding with the bake sale Saturday.

Team Carol’s last event for this month is the Hooked on Easter Seals Fishing Derby. It will be located at 1807 N. Main St. East Peoria on August 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants can register before the event at 9 a.m.

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