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    Illini Lend A Hand To Cunningham Children's Home

    June 28, 2006

    The Illinois football team dedicated Wednesday to the Cunningham Children's Home, collecting donations for the organization from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. During the 12-hour event, the entire team, along with local radio stations, filled the west side of Memorial Stadium with community donations, spread out over a 100-yard field. Those contributions added up to $1,300 in cash and over $9,000 in goods.

    At 5:55 p.m., Illinois offensive line coach Ed Warinner and his son, Edward, arrived with a donation which became the final yard to push the drive over the goal line. During the five o'clock hour, the team joined with the radio stations to play a friendly game of two-hand touch, which brought a crowd of onlookers to help celebrate the final push.

    Some examples of donations from the day were over 100 sets of toothpaste and toothbrushes, an abundance of school supplies such as 250 boxes of pencils and over 50 boxes of crayons. Many fans brought out toiletries like 58 bottles of shampoo and 38 sticks of deodorant. The Champaign Park District generously donated 25 footballs and basketballs. Fans also gave 75 children's books over 80 games and toys. T.I.S. Bookstore provided nearly 300 t-shirts and the football program added another 250. Big items that arrived were two play stations, a set of golf clubs, a CD player and a DVD player.

    Tomorrow morning, the Illinois equipment truck will travel to the Cunningham Children's Home to deliver the goods received today. The Illinois football team will host two more events for children of Cunningham, a fun fest and a movie night in Memorial Stadium.

    Today's events are part of the team's summer community service project.

    The line of donations increases.

    LB Brit Miller takes time to read to the children of a donor this afternoon.

    DL Xavier Fulton makes some new acquaintances.


    Players also made signs to be taken out to nearby street corners to inform the public of what was going on.

    The donations kept on coming.

    OL Matt Maddox kept track of the donations.

    The trailer used to take equipment on Illinois road trips served as a giant billboard at the site of the drive today.

    Members of the Fighting Illini footbal team gathered around a special visitor Wednesday afternoon a the supply drive.

    WR Frank Lenti, QB Tim Brasic and OL JJ Simmons made some new friends.

    Stations from the Illini Radio Group got the word out to their listeners about the drive to help the Cunningham Children's Home with needed supplies.

    The happy duty at the end of the day was to load all of the donated goods into the Illini Football semi.

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