When it comes to the movers and shakers in Chicago, it's the
ones who target the community's children that have the ability to
change the future. By touching even one child's life, these
Chicagoans make a difference that can last generations.
The Bears' 24-year-old wide receiver teamed up with the Chicago
Housing Authority this fall to take 25 kids shopping for school
Kathy Ryg spends her days focused on Illinois' kids, making sure
they have the best opportunities even before they are born.
Ted Rock is a full-time volunteer, clocking in more than 75
hours a month, Ted Rock spends his time loading food for the
Greater Chicago Food Depository, teaching kids about bees at
Garfield Park Conservatory, delivering Christmas trees to Chicago
kids and coordinating the many activities of the junior naval ROTC
in the city.
As part of the refugee and immigrant services team for Heartland
Human Care Services in Chicago, Joy Duginske spends her time
helping refugees get a job and start their new lives in
During Melissa Fragen's two-year bone cancer battle, her mother
was able to pull herself together enough to take her to the doctor
and to sit quietly next to her and play Scrabble. But while
Fragen's world was being turned upside down, the outside world
didn't halt. It never does.
This holiday season, an online service originally launched to
help fill kids' holiday wish lists is helping Chicago charities
fill their coffers.