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11 local charities split $16,000 to continue providing necessary services

Peoria, IL - The Southside Business Club is making one last large impression on 11 different non-profits in the area. 

The club donated $16,000 to Peoria-area organizations in need.

Those non-profits: Common Place, Crittenton Center, Neighborhood House, Peoria Rescue Mission, Southside Mission, Christ Lutheran School, Minority Business Development Center, Friends of Fatherless Boys, St. Ann’s, Dream Center, and Sophia's Kitchen. 

"Our day to day expenses are quite a bit," says Claire Corne, Program Director at Sophia's Kitchen. "We spend about $60 a day just on peanut butter and our operating expenses is over $500 a day. So in order for them to give us that kind of money, it just helps us tremendously to be able to serve the poor that we have in this area."

The food bank provides nutritious meals every week day for free to those in need. 

"It is just wonderful to get this $2,000," says Corne. "We're going to be able to do so very much with this. Our basic goal is to provide as much nutrition in their diets as we possibly can. So we'll be able to make sure basic food needs are met."

The Southside Business Club is also providing land and services for a new "Serenity Park." 

The public park will be dedicated to victims of violence. 


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