This is an amazing community

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We live in an amazing community. I think most of us in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park realize that, but it's easy to get distracted by the little issues that come up each day — a noisy dog next door or trying to find a parking space.

I am lucky enough to see the amazing in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park almost every day as I am the executive director at Hephzibah Children's Association. Hephzibah has been in Oak Park for over 100 years, and it's due to the generous and caring members of our community, both individuals and businesses, that make it possible for us to provide the level of care we do to the children in our house and in our programs.

From the very beginning of Hephzibah, Oak Park businesses donated coal, potatoes, and milk to the children in the home. We don't need coal any longer, but the donations we get from community members allow us to provide not just the basics for the kids in our care, but to provide them with the loving support and experiences that allow them a fresh start in life. Supporting Hephzibah does not only impact the children in our Group Home, it also provides support to the families we are guiding through crises, the foster families that provide our kids with a loving home and the working parents who need our after-school daycare.

I am grateful to those who donate to Hephzibah. I want to express my thankfulness to all of those hard-working businesses in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park for donating their time, services, and products. We couldn't do it without your support!

We work very hard to heal and nurture the amazing children in our care so they can go on to lead successful and productive lives, and hopefully become members of a community like ours — a community that reaches out to help those in need on an ongoing basis.

Mary Anne Brown

Executive director, Hephzibah Children's Association

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