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Oak Park resident Pem Hessing and Suburban Unity Alliance Director Anthony Clark teamed up to host a toy drive and holiday stuffing event on Saturday at the Oak Park Public Library. 

More than 100 people donated toys, toiletries, gloves, hats and other items that will go to Housing Forward and Mercy Home. 

The children at Saturday’s effort, which featured hot chocolate, holiday music and donuts, also enjoyed a surprise visit from an African American Santa. The event, Clark said, is the first of what he hopes to be many more to come.

Michael Romain

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