Southern Illinois AIDS Coalition Seeking Holiday Sponsors

Dec 23, 2020
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The Southern Illinois AIDs Coalition is seeking donations and sponsors for the holidays.

The project helps needy families whose households are impacted by HIV/AIDS. There are several families still in need of sponsors to fulfill wishlists and the group is also accepting donations. Gas cards and grocery gift cards are specially appreciated.

Vice President of Finance LaGina Crimm said the impact of the holiday project goes beyond meeting material needs.

Tips For Planning Holiday Gatherings During A Pandemic

Dec 22, 2020
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As families try to celebrate the holidays in the era of COVID, things might look different.

Priya Parker is the host of the New York Times podcast Together Apart. She said figuring out how to celebrate this year should begin with one question.

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Navigating the holidays during a pandemic can be doubly stressful for families that include someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

While some things may have to be altered, holiday traditions provide a sense of normalcy that can be especially important for family members with Alzheimer’s.

Elizabeth Cook is the manager of media relations with the Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She said families shouldn’t give up on their usual celebrations.

We're celebrating the season a little differently this year. Stephine Whiteside talks with residents to learn how they’re creating new traditions to celebrate the holidays remotely this year. Follow Mark McDonald to Holiday Card Lane where he visits a festive drive-thru lights installation.

Holiday Gift Guide Features Southern Illinois Businesses

Dec 11, 2020
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If you’re looking to buy local this season, the Illinois Made holiday gift guide can help

Several southern Illinois businesses made the list, with online shopping options to let people buy safely during the pandemic.

George Majka from Pomona Winery said the pandemic has been tough, since a lot of the business is based on wine tastings of the company’s wines, which are unique because none are made from grapes. But there are still options for people looking to buy local wine for the holidays.

Celebrating the Holidays during COVID-19

Dec 4, 2020
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On this edition of WSIU InFocus, we speak with local residents who are involved in Christmas displays and hear of the challenges in doing so during this very challenging time.

We will also hear from a mental health professional about coping with loss during the holiday season.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is offering guidance for getting through the holidays safely amidst the pandemic.

'Tis the season for holiday parties with family and friends and that means lots of food.

The St. Louis District Dairy Council says the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is moderation. The council's Jaelyn Munson says watch your portion sizes.

City of Carbondale

The City of Carbondale is giving the gift of free parking this holiday season.

Beginning Monday, December 10, visitors will be able to park at no cost for up to two hours in several locations. You can see the list of free parking lots here.

You'll be paying more at the gas pump to travel over the holidays.

The gas price monitoring website Gas-Buddy-dot-com reports that the average price per gallon in Illinois is 30-cents higher than last week.

A reminder that WSIU's annual "Acoustic Nature Hour Christmas Special" will air tonight  -  Thursday December 7th  - at 8:00PM.  Here is a sample from tonight's program.

In several weeks the University of Illinois Extension Service is offering a free public workshop on coping with stress which can accompany this time of year.

Extension Educators Susan Sloop and Alicia Kallal will lead the program on Tuesday December 12th at the Marion Carnegie Library.

Registration is required.  Call 618-993-3304.

Local Leaders And Residents Urge Local Shopping.

Nov 24, 2017

With the Holiday shopping season here, WSIU visits with two people who would like to see more local shopping.

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One room in   Building H at John A. Logan College was filled with 100s of toys, collected by the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children and partners Tri-State Business Equipment in Harrisburg and Ameren Illinois.  In all, over 700 new toys were collected and were picked up by case workers with several southern Illinois social service agencies.

One insurance provider says Illinois close to tops in the nation when it comes to reported thefts during December and January.

'Tis the Season: Holiday Mail Delivery

Dec 17, 2015

As the holiday season grows ever closer, many shoppers are frantically trying to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. With more and more of this shopping being done from behind a laptop and e-mails of dancing elves replace family photos being sent out in the mail, WSIU's Alex Kierstead takes a look at how things have changed for the postal service.