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317. Thankful

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The turkey is cooking, the table is set and I’m feeling thankful for the opportunity to spend another Thanksgiving with my family.  We’re also so very grateful for those who visit us here throughout the year at and are wishing you 365 more days filled with blessings, big and small.

Happy Thanksgiving from
Happy Thanksgiving from

When I shopped for the last of our Thanksgiving groceries at Heinen’s late yesterday, there was a buzz in the air as families shopped together for tonight’s Thanksgiving feasts.  I stopped to ask a few shoppers what they’re most thankful for this year and was struck with the reminder that the things we receive are not the star of this holiday.  It’s the people we cherish who take center stage.

Mark Vrtacnik

Manager of Heinen’s Barrington

“I’m thankful that my family was willing to give me this opportunity to move and relocate to the Chicago area from Ohio this summer because it’s a great opportunity to be part of a new beginning for Heinen’s in a whole new market.”

Heinen's Barrington Manager, Mark Vrtacnik
Heinen’s Barrington Manager, Mark Vrtacnik

Jeanne & Hanah Cliff

4th Grade Teacher at Roslyn Road Elementary School (with her daughter, Hannah)

“I am thankful to have my girls home for school and I’m thankful that all of our family is going to be together, especially my parents who have not been well this year.” – Jeanne

“I’m a junior at Miami of Ohio and I’m thankful to be home with my family and that we all get to be together.” – Hannah

Jeanne Cliff with her daughter, Hannah
Jeanne Cliff with her daughter, Hannah

Marilyn Parra

Cary, IL

“This has been a bad year for health issues in my family.  I have a 39-year-old niece who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer so what am I thankful for?  That they caught it and that we’re all going to be together and that we’re all here to support her.”

Anita Street

Barrington, IL

“I’m thankful for my family and my children and that we’ll all be together this year and that everybody’s moving forward.  My daughter is graduating, my son is in college and I’m just thankful that they’re dong well.”

Anita Street, Barrington
Anita Street, Barrington

Tara Kelleher

Barrington, IL

“I’m thankful for my daughters.  I’m so blessed that, as they grow up, they’re becoming my friends and this is a special year.”

Tara Kelleher wtih her Daughters & a family friend
Tara Kelleher wtih her Daughters & a family friend

Greg Pfister (with daughter Elise Pfister)

Lake Barrington, IL

“I’m thankful that we are going to be seeing a lot of family and friends and we’re very thankful to have Elise back in town for the holiday.”  – Greg

“I’m a freshman at Texas State University and I’m thankful for being home.  It’s been three months.”  – Elise

Greg Pfister with his daughter, Elise
Greg Pfister with his daughter, Elise

Karen Racicot (with mom Vicki Devault from Michigan)

Barrington Hills, IL

“I’m thankful for my mother visiting.” – Karen

“I’m thankful for family and … there’s just too many things…. I think we just take so much for granted and every day we have a lot to be thankful for.”  – Vicki

Karen Racicot with her mom,
Karen Racicot with her mom, Vicki Devault

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