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Diane Carroll, founder and executive director of My Joyful Heart holds one of over sixty gift baskets for auction. The nonprofit is holding its fundraiser at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park Nov. 16. Photo Submitted
Abhinanda Datta, Assistant Editor
5:00 am CST November 5, 2019

In 2001, as two underprivileged students from a Chicago area school received Christmas gifts from Lockport resident Diane Carroll, seeds of inspiration for a philanthropic organization were planted in her mind.

My Joyful Heart began in Carroll’s basement and today it helps over 1,000 children enrolled in its program, from its 9,000-square-foot facility in Mokena.