|BURT CONSTABLE, (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald|
"This year, we thought, 'Let's ask them to help,'" says Hannon, 53, who hatched the idea as part of her 30th anniversary celebration for 2014. "That's their gift to me."
In the annual message to 90 of her clients, she included a copy of the book "Random Acts of Kindness," a
"We're new clients of hers so we never expected a Christmas present or anything. It was quite a surprise," says
Accustomed to helping charitable causes, the Framers wanted to find the right recipient for this project. They called their pastor at the
"The pastor delivered it to the family, and they said, 'Now, we can have Christmas.' They really needed the money,"
"That's the beauty of this: watching it be contagious and grow," says Hannon, who is president of the
"If Terry is giving us
Hannon says she was pleasantly surprised to discover clients putting so much thought into the project.
That can be tricky.
"I wasn't sure. I write checks to charities, so it was a challenge to do something different and a little more personal," says
"I took two kids off the tree and went out and bought them some gifts," O'Brien says, noting the boys just wanted rather routine gifts such as jogging pants, a hoodie, pajamas and grooming items.
One client who lives out of state near an
"It's so heartwarming," Hannon says. "People say, 'Oh, what you've done is great,' and I haven't done anything. They did it."
Hannon, who is divorced, and her children — Dennis, 24, working toward his doctoral degree in psychology; Bridget, 23, nearly finished with her master's degree in nonprofit management; Kevin, 21, a finance major in college; and Moe, 18, a college freshman — have all been involved with charitable organizations. While her work includes clients with accounts worth millions of dollars, Hannon says she enjoys volunteering with the poor at the
"I'm helping these women learn how to save
A basketball player in high school and at
"You don't see people doing that every day of the week. It just shows how Terry runs her business," Schmidt says.
Hannon says she plans to compile the stories of how her clients used their
"Oh, my God," Hannon says. "It's been so much fun."
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