WSIU Almanac: December 4, 2020.

Dec 4, 2020

The 16th annual Southern Illinois Alternative Gift Fair is changing this year.  It will not be held as an in-person group event, but instead the organizers have developed a way for you to browse the many local non-profits from the comfort of your own home.  To see the online guide, browse to:

The Boy Scouts' Scouting for Food is holding a "Stuff the Tent" food drive on Saturday December 5, 2020 at the Daum Administration Building at 1101 Walnut Street in Murphysboro.

Between 9:00AM and 3:00PM drop off food and all donations will support the Murphysboro Food Pantry.

This event is sponsored by Cub Scout pack 7112, the Scouts BSA Troop 7004B and Scouts BSA Troop 7004G.

The Greater St. Louis Council has extended the deadline for food drop off points until Dec. 13th. Additional Drive Thru Collections may be set up between now and the 13th. I will keep you updated.
Also, If you go to the GSLAC website – – and click on the “Scouting for Food –Learn More” hot spot on the splash page, it will take you to an interactive map with zip code search to find the nearest drop off point.

Scouting for Food Collection Drives and Drop Off Points

Collection Drives

Stuff the Tent Food Drive
Saturday, Dec. 5th, Drive Thru food drop off, 9 am to 3 pm at the Daum Administration Building, 1101 Walnut St., Murphysboro, IL

Food Collection Points for food drop off in bins


Gorham Community Center, 306 Washington Street in Gorham, IL
Collection bin is outside.

Sand Ridge

Sand Ridge Baptist Church in Sand Ridge, IL
Collection bin is outside.


St. Ann's Catholic Church, 101 Raddle Church Lane in Raddle, IL.
Collection bin is inside.


Dollar General, 101 Springfield Avenue, Anna, IL
Collection bin is inside.

Kroger Store, 45 Plaza Drive, Anna, IL.
Collection bin is inside.


Dolor General, 607 East Broad St., Jonesboro, IL
Collection bin is inside.


Dollar General, 315 NE Front St., Dongola, IL
Collection bin is inside.


Perry County Market Place, 412 South Main St., Pinckneyville, IL


Casey’s General Store, 917 South Maple St. Cambria, IL


Casey’s General Store, 1207 South Division St., Carterville, IL

Borowiak’s IGA Foodliner, 1114 South Division St. Carterville, IL

Dollar General, 314 West Plaza, Carterville, IL


Kroger Store, 1609 South Park Ave., Herrin, IL. Collection bin inside the Exit door.

Food drop off at the Herrin BSA Service Center, 803 East Herrin, Herrin, IL, during office hours – M-F  9:30 am to 12:30 pm – 1 pm to 4:30 pm. (Closed Thanksgiving and Black Friday)


Casey’s General Store, 16060 Cambria Road, Hurst, IL


Dollar General Store, 110 North Giant City Road, Carbondale, IL

Dollar General Store, 5555 Old Highway 51, Carbondale, IL

Dollar General Store, 2160 West Ramada Lane, Carbondale, IL

Dr. Joseph Hudgins Orthodontics, 1180 Cedar Court, Carbondale, IL
Hours – Mon-Thur, 8 am to 5 pm; Friday, 8 am to noon.

Castle Perilous Games and Books, 207 West Main, Carbondale, IL
Hours – M-Sat, 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday, Noon to 6 pm (Thanksgiving may differ)

Kroger Store, 501 North Giant City Road, Carbondale, IL

Neighborhood Co-op Grocery, 1815 West Main St., Carbondale, IL
Hours: Mon. – Sat., 8 am to 8 pm. Holiday hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Massie Dental, 200 North Giant City Road, Carbondale, IL
Hours: Mon. and Thur., 8 am to 6 pm; Tue. and Wed., 8 am to 5 pm; Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Black Friday.


St. Andrews Church, 724 Mulberry St., Murphysboro, IL

Dollar General Store, 1297 Enterprise Ave., Murphysboro, IL

The Murphysboro Food Pantry, 906 North 14th St., also has an exterior food drop off box, which is checked daily, so food donations can be dropped off at any time.

Daum Administration Building, City of  Murphysboro, 1101 Walnut Street,
Bin is outside by west door.

Wright Building and Design Center, 208 South Williams St., Murphysboro

Real Church 103 South 13th St., Murphysboro, IL (Effective 11/29)