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DeKalb residents line up outside of Feed’em Soup, 122 S. First St., Sept. 9, 2014, to receive food donations. 

Feed’em Soup still in debt, but getting help

By Linda Loya | September 24, 2014

Feed’em Soup is still struggling to make ends meet, but it will use fundraisers and student help to pay off its debt, according to its executive director.In April, the community service project, which feeds community members in need at a reduced cost,...

Lily Provost, 5, of DeKalb, with father Tim Provost makes a donation toward Feed’em Soup while David Gordon (right), junior organization and corporate communication major, mans the donation table in front of Walmart, 2300 Sycamore Road. Rent and utilities have made it difficult for the charity, which provides locals with cheap food, to pay its bills.

Debt threatens Feed’em Soup

By Joseph Dench | April 13, 2014

To make up for finding itself with 30 percent less supplies than it had in the fall and $10,000 in debt, Feed’em Soup has teamed up with Pi Sigma Epsilon to put together a drive to collect food, cleaning supplies and cash donations.Feed’em Soup, founded...

Randi Kennedy, marketing and management major at Kishwaukee Community College, folds shirts at Feed’em Soup’s clothing closet, 122 S. First St., in April 2012. Feed’em Soup, which is in need of some technological updates, lost a contest that could have garnered it a technology makeover.

Local charities lose out in contest

By Rachel Scaman | November 21, 2013

Opportunity House, 202 Lucas St. in Sycamore, won a printer valued at $1,000 in the Make My Non-Profit Run Better online contest by RKDixon.Each competing organization had to get people to vote online. The organization with the most votes won a grand...


Offer time, money to community for holiday

By Jackie Nevarez | November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude, and with just a week until the big feast, students have many opportunities to give back to NIU and the surrounding community.It’s important for students to take the time to look around campus and find volunteering...

Between the Lines: Derek Gibbs

By Samantha Brockett | December 9, 2012

A local man looks to help change the world, one bowl of soup at a time. Derek Gibbs was born and raised in Sycamore and he graduated from Sycamore High School in 2001. After his high school graduation, he attended Kishwaukee Community College on and off...

Non-Profit Spotlight: Feed’em Soup

By Samantha Brockett | December 5, 2012

Feed’em Soup, 122 S. First St., is a non-profit organization known for serving the DeKalb area with free community meals for those in need. The idea for the organization began in January 2010. The economy at the time was poor and a group of 16 individuals...

Sycamore restaurant uses love of motorcycles to raise money for charity

By Northern Star Staff | November 18, 2012

A Sycamore restaurant has raised more than $2,000 for local non-profit. Hink’s Bar and Grill, 123 S. California St. in Sycamore, sponsors the Annual Bike Run, a motorcycling event that raises money for charity each year. Participants of the bike run...

Amenti Haunted House provides scares, memories

By Brooke Shinberg | October 31, 2012

Amenti is the name of the Egyptian goddess who guards the dead, which makes it the perfect title for the haunted house at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. Derek Gibbs, the Egyptian Theatre’s membership and marketing director, said the theater...

Local law firm hosting winter clothing drive

By Northern Star Staff | October 29, 2012

Foster and Buick Law firm are holding a winter clothing drive. The last day to donate winter clothes to the Foster and Buick Law Firm for their winter clothing drive is Friday. Firm administrator Tracey Gallegos said the firm wants coats, hats, mittens,...

Downtown Dekalb, Sycamore to host Trick-or-Treating for children

Downtown Dekalb, Sycamore to host Trick-or-Treating for children

By Samantha Brockett | October 23, 2012

Discover Sycamore and Re:New DeKalb will both be holding trick-or-treating events for children this week. Children will be able to dress up in costumes and trick-or-treat at various businesses in both cities. Discover Sycamore businesses will be hosting...

The Egyptian Theater will host an overnight haunted house starting at 10 p.m. on Oct. 25.

Egyptian Theatre to host ghost hunter for a haunted overnight event

By Samantha Brockett | October 15, 2012

Grab you ghost hunting gear for the Egyptian Theatre’s annual haunted overnight featuring the set from the Amenti Haunted House. The historic Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will be hosting a haunted overnight event from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Oct....

Egyptian Theatre offers volunteering, grant programs

By Maria Ahmad | October 7, 2012

DeKalb’s Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., not only offers entertainment but also opportunities to serve the community. The Egyptian Theatre has been a historic landmark in the community since 1929. After decades, the theatre was not in optimal condition...