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Family Shelter Service’s gingerbread decor raises $10,000

Family Shelter Director of Programs Jennifer Gabrenya with her son Sebastian, Romeoville, pose for a picture with one of Santa's elves and the Gingerbread Man.
Stephanie Kline with her daughter Morgan of Downers Grove

More than 200 guests and their children attended the second annual Home Sweet Home gingerbread decorating event on Dec. 7 in support of Family Shelter Service. Held at The Abbington in Glen Ellyn, Home Sweet Home was organized by the Family Shelter Service Community Resource Council of Southeast DuPage.

Children of all ages decorated their gingerbread creations with the help of DuPage Medical Group volunteers. Storybook characters and elves told stories, and Santa and Mrs. Claus visited and posed with children.

Other activities included a breakfast buffet, facepainting, balloon creations and a gift basket raffle, while the sounds of the Westmont High School Choir filled the air.

This year’s Home Sweet Home raised more than $10,000 for the shelter, counseling and court advocacy services of Family Shelter and also enabled many client families and their children to attend free of charge. Founded in 1976, Family Shelter Service is dedicated to helping DuPage families affected by domestic violence find safer futures.

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