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Holiday Giving and Community Service: A Tradition at Heyl Royster


It has been a longstanding informal Heyl Royster tradition that our firm’s offices organize a community initiative or fund-raising program for the holidays. This year has been no exception, and we are proud of the role our firm plays in supporting the communities in which we work and live.

Champaign Office Adopts a Family

The Champaign office worked with the Salvation Army again this year to adopt a family. This year they adopted a family with 4 children - a 3-year-old girl, 4-year-old boy, 7-year-old boy, and a 12-year-old boy. Over the course of the year the Champaign office held casual day fundraisers, raised over $1,200, and were able to purchase nearly all of the gifts on the children’s wish list along with some fun gifts for the whole family. They had enough left over to purchase a Wal-Mart gift card for the family as well.

The Riverbend Head Start & Family Services in Edwardsville get a Holiday Treat

The Edwardsville office supported two agencies during the holiday season this year, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Riverbend Head Start & Family Services. St. Jude will receive a monetary gift from donations generated through casual days held this fall.

For Riverbend Head Start & Family Services, the office sponsored a family a four - two children and two adults. The office held casual days throughout the year as a fundraiser for this cause. Items they were able to purchase for the family included numerous practical gifts such as gift cards for clothing, tools, gas, and groceries, as well as many special items for the children and their parents. According to Edwardsville's office manager, Susan Diaz, “Working to help Riverbend Head Start & Family Services each Christmas Season is very rewarding for our office.”

The generosity of the personnel in Edwardsville allowed for ten additional gift cards to be donated to the Head Start agency for other families in the program who may still have great needs. Their Holiday Seasons will become a little brighter through these gifts.

Peoria Project Santa has Another Successful Campaign

The Peoria office took part in Project Santa, which is sponsored by the Peoria County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee. Through the project, the office provided unwrapped gifts for 20 children in need. Emily Perkins headed up this year’s efforts, and gives thanks to the many sponsors, donors, and volunteers who participated in the project this year. The PCBA’s Young Lawyers Committee was able to donate over 150 presents, plus $1,180 in monetary donations and $715 in gift cards to area children.

Springfield Office Feeds the Hungry

To support the SIU Emergency Food Pantry, the Springfield office held a food drive during the week of Thanksgiving. Several types of items were collected for the food pantry, which serves needy patients of SIU Family Medicine (many of whom are homeless or struggling to pay bills for various reasons and situations).

St. Louis Helps the Homeless

The St. Louis office collected items for St. Patrick Center, an organization by the Catholics Charities Archdiocese of Saint Louis. The St. Patrick Center’s mission is to end chronic homelessness in St. Louis through a program called Housing First. The small but mighty St. Louis office was able to collect enough items to donate three “Housing Move-In Supply Kits” to the Center. The office also raised enough funds to give monetary donations and Target gift card donations to the Center.

Many heartfelt thanks to everyone in the firm for your support of those less fortunate during this holiday season.