I am an Oak Park resident and an employee of school District 97. I would like to share a story about a group of wonderful women who go above and beyond to help others in need. 

Last week I had $510 stolen from me, which was to be used for my mortgage payment. It was disheartening, but I let it go, thinking the money is gone. I mentioned it to a co-worker, Arlene O’Meara, in passing and didn’t think anything of it. Arlene then mentioned it to a couple more co-workers without my knowledge. 

On Tuesday, Nov. 25, these wonderful colleagues presented me with a check to cover my loss. I was so touched by their sentiment that I was brought to tears of joy and happiness. 

To know that these co-workers took money out of their own pockets was a true act of love, caring and giving. They truly are my guardian angels and our community should know how wonderful they are. Here are their names: 

Arlene O’Meara

Sherri Primak

Mary Pat Eraci-Sullivan

Angela White

Nanette Egeberg

These women are heroes to me. I will be thankful to them always. 

Monica Madan

Oak Park

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