Peoria firefighters help bag for tips at Hy-Vee for fundraiser

Published: Jul. 2, 2022 at 4:57 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Firefighters and volunteers were bagging groceries at the Sheridan Hy-Vee for a unique reason.

The event was called Bagging for Tips and the grocery store opened two of its locations to raise money for the Imani Rescue center in Kenya. Founder Veronica Richards said the rescue center would be a safe haven for women and orphaned children in Kenya to learn skills and remain safe. Richards, who is from Kenya, said she was grateful for members of her new community helping out her home.

“It’s great to be able to have the Peoria community connecting with us. So we can have people in Kenya be able to see it doesn’t matter how far you are up in the village you have people all the way in Illinois backing you to support you,” Richards said.

The fundraiser was at both the Sheridan and the Grand Prairie Hy-Vee’s and would continue on Sunday and next weekend from 10 am to 4 pm.

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