Southland's Greatest Person of the Day: Two Mother McAuley High School freshmen took a whimsical idea to sew stuffed animals into a memorable philanthropic effort.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A local mother and daughter are looking for groups of kids and teens who'd like their makeup done. The only catch? Participants must agree to donate to a local nonprofit, primarily PAWS Animal Shelter in Tinley Park.
When Heather Frederickson's 7-year-old daughter, Olivia, suggested making fashion products to help a local nonprofit, she knew she was onto something. But neither Heather nor Olivia were ready to sew oodles of handbags or craft other products. They instead decided to combine forces and offer a service befitting Heather's talents—makeup application. A professional makeup artist for the past decade, Heather is now connecting with youth via her and Olivia's independent give-back initiative, Pretty on the Inside and Out. Through the program, kids and teens can learn about or get their makeup done at no cost, as long as they agree to make a donation—whether it be time, money or items—to PAWS Animal Shelter in Tinley Park. "We are in desperate…
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A local man was recognized Tuesday for rescuing a man who was choking at a November event at St. George School in Tinley Park.
Steve Siegel was expecting a November breakfast at St. George School to kick off an ordinary lazy Sunday. Little did he know, however, that his actions that morning would lead to him being regarded as a local hero. Village officials recognized Siegel at their regular board meeting on Tuesday for saving a man's life during the Nov. 6 event, which was held to pay gratitude to the school's volunteers. When friend and fellow diner Rich Clausius made the "universal sign for choking" while eating pancakes, Siegel didn't hesitate to dart to the other side of the table. "You've never seen a chubby boy spring up so quickly," Siegel said Tuesday, with a hearty laugh. " … I never really looked at it as a heroic thing. It's something I'd do for …
Monday, December 26, 2011
When her 7-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia almost 20 years ago, Colleen Kisel's life was upended. As she helped him fight, she found new purpose in her life at the Treasure Chest Foundation.
They have just about run out of room. The boxes lining the shelves at Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation are bursting with Barbies, Hot Wheels and Candyland. With Director Colleen Kisel leading the charge, the foundation is months away from moving to a 3,600-square-foot facility three times the size of its current home. It's a far cry from the foundation's original location—Kisel's garage. Fifteen years ago, Kisel dreamed up an organization that provides children undergoing cancer treatments with much-needed distraction and levity. After watching her 7-year-old son Martin undergo four years of treatment for leukemia, she learned firsthand the role a toy could play. Toys helped him through 18 spinal taps and nine bone marrow …
Friday, November 4, 2011
Pam Erickson, of Frankfort Square, set out on a 50-mile mission to collect 3,000 food items for the Tinley Park food pantry—and she did it.
Pam Erickson has been recognized as Greatest Person of the Day on Huffington Post, a feature that spotlights ordinary and extraordinary people in Patch communities whose acts of courage, determination, volunteerism and compassion have made a difference in their towns. These are people who inspire and energize others to strengthen their communities and improve lives. Pam Erickson is "just that competitive." She once ran a 50-mile trail race in Michigan, during which the man running beside her mentioned he had solicited food donations from supporters prior to the race to donate to a local food pantry. He had collected 3,000 items. "I thought, 'I want to raise 3,001.' Just one more than him," she said, laughing. Well, she surpassed her goal, …