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Tri-County Urban League hosts coat and food drive

Peoria’s East Bluff Community
Published: Feb. 23, 2022 at 4:19 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News) - From 11-2 Wednesday the Tri-County Urban League, in partnership with the Peoria Police Department, hosted a coat and food drive.

The items they gave out were varied and included formal jackets, stuffed animals, and other items and were given to anyone who came up. No questions asked. Chanel Hargrave-Murry, Project Director for the Tri-County Urban League wants the public to know that the League is there for them.

“We just thought that it was a great time for us to go ahead and let the community know that we’re here for them with all of the resources that we provide: Coats, hats, gloves, COVID relief. If anyone needs any jobs, GED, even after school programs...” Said Hargrave-Murry.

Christopher Johnson, Focused Deterrence Project Manager for the City of Peoria, was present at the drive and helped facilitate some of the donations. He believes events such as this helps officers engage with people in the community.

“What we want to do is to make sure the East bluff community knows that the police department is here and serving the community.” Said Johnson.

The Tri-County Urban League offers services at all times and Chanel Hargrave-Murry wants to ensure the public knows that.

“I think is really important for the community just to understand that we will always have these resources and will always be available for them.” Said Hargrave-Murry.

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