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It's often a family affair at the various locations for Feed My Starving Children, which sends pre-packed meals to hungry children across the globe. Here at the Schaumburg location, home school mother Layna Owens of Elgin packs food with her daughter, Joah Owens, along with the Fox Valley Home Schoolers.

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Families from the Fox Valley Home Schoolers worked together recently at the Feed My Starving Children location in Schaumburg. Pictured, from left, are Kenton Weiss of Huntley, and Quinn and Kyle Schieler of Elgin.

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Sara Green of Elgin, left, gives a thumbs-up to her kids from left, Elijah, Emma, Hannah Green, along with Jessica Owens, while packing food at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg with the Fox Valley Home Schoolers.

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From left, Larry Henderson of South Elgin, Noah Hall of St. Charles, and Paul Boeckelmann of South Elgin, members of the Fox Valley Home Schoolers, pack food at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg.

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Kaitlyn Weiss of Huntley, a member of the Fox Valley Home Schoolers, packs food at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg.

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Volunteering and giving to others has been a way of life for Jennifer Ubert of Palatine, and she's passing the tradition along to her son, Ryan, 3. Here, they make cookies to benefit Relay For Life.

Madeline Handrich, left, and her friend, Laurie Taranowski, both 9, joined their families in filling food bags for Feed My Starving Children when the charity set up a mobile event at East Lake Academy in Lake Forest last spring.

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Allyson Houser, left, and Billy Anderson model yearly for the Special Leisure Services Foundation's Gold Medal Fashion Show, which Billy's mother, Lori Anderson, right, helped found with her husband, Bill, more than 20 years ago.

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Need an antidote to hectic schedules that keep families from being close? Volunteer together. The simple act of doing a good thing for others gives parents and their children quality time together. Many not-for-profits offer opportunities for families to help out.

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    • It’s often a family affair at the various locations for Feed My Starving Children, which sends pre-packed meals to hungry children across the globe. Here at the Schaumburg location, home school mother Layna Owens of Elgin packs food with her daughter, Joah Owens, along with the Fox Valley Home Schoolers.
    •  Families from the Fox Valley Home Schoolers worked together recently at the Feed My Starving Children location in Schaumburg. Pictured, from left, are Kenton Weiss of Huntley, and Quinn and Kyle Schieler of Elgin.
    •  Sara Green of Elgin, left, gives a thumbs-up to her kids from left, Elijah, Emma, Hannah Green, along with Jessica Owens, while packing food at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg with the Fox Valley Home Schoolers.
    •  From left, Larry Henderson of South Elgin, Noah Hall of St. Charles, and Paul Boeckelmann of South Elgin, members of the Fox Valley Home Schoolers, pack food at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg.
    •  Kaitlyn Weiss of Huntley, a member of the Fox Valley Home Schoolers, packs food at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg.
    • Volunteering and giving to others has been a way of life for Jennifer Ubert of Palatine, and she’s passing the tradition along to her son, Ryan, 3. Here, they make cookies to benefit Relay For Life.
    •  Madeline Handrich, left, and her friend, Laurie Taranowski, both 9, joined their families in filling food bags for Feed My Starving Children when the charity set up a mobile event at East Lake Academy in Lake Forest last spring.
    • Allyson Houser, left, and Billy Anderson model yearly for the Special Leisure Services Foundation’s Gold Medal Fashion Show, which Billy’s mother, Lori Anderson, right, helped found with her husband, Bill, more than 20 years ago.
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