LA GRANGE – Grant Dixon, owner of the Dixon Law Office in La Grange, and his wife, Susan, have built their business around giving back to the community and helping others in need. So to celebrate the office’s 15th anniversary, the staff donated 15 Thanksgiving dinners to the Westchester Food Pantry and will donate household goods and 15 gift cards to other area charitable organizations this holiday season.
“We’ve always been about serving people who’ve had difficult things happen to them,” Grant said. “My office staff gets a lot of satisfaction from helping people in difficult situations. This is a simple, but tangible, way to make a difference in people’s lives.”
The entire staff took the afternoon of Nov. 9 off to shop for the Thanksgiving dinners at Jewel in Countryside. Dixon Law Office, a personal injury firm, purchased all the staples of a Thanksgiving dinner, including 15 turkeys, for the food pantry. The pantry will assemble baskets a few days prior to the holiday and hand them out to area families in need.
“We wanted to do something special for our 15th anniversary, and we looked at those charities who serve communities that have helped our business grow,” said Susan Dixon, who is also the office manager. “We contacted the Westchester Food Pantry, and at first they were taken aback, but then jumped right in and said they needed turkeys and other nonperishable goods.”
Kathleen Franzwa, director of the Westchester Food Pantry, said the donations by the law office are critical for helping the pantry reach its goal of serving 75 families a Thanksgiving meal, complete with a turkey.
“This is very helpful, and they’re just fantastic,” Franzwa said. “These families probably wouldn’t get a turkey if it wasn’t for their help.”
Grant said they chose the Westchester Food Pantry, which serves people from Westchester, Hillside, Broadview, Bellwood, Western Springs and La Grange Park, because it helps area families.
“We wanted to do something that would have a truly meaningful impact in our community, and it’s great for our staff to see their work can do some real good,” he said.
The firm also is donating 15 gift cards from grocery stores, gas stations and other retail outlets worth $25 or $30 each to Bridge Communities in Glen Ellyn. Susan said her family has been involved with the organization, which sets up temporary housing for homeless families in DuPage County, for several years.
“We contacted them, and they said they need the gift cards and cleaning supplies. It’s nothing glamorous, but that’s what they need,” she said.
In addition to Bridge Communities and the food pantry, Dixon Law Office is donating money to Community Nurse in La Grange, which has a health center that provides medical and dental exams to low-income families, especially children, in the western suburbs.
“We’re donating money that will pay for 15 dental and medical exams, so we’re helping 15 kids get care that they wouldn’t normally get. That’s a good feeling,” Susan said.
Susan believes that for her and Grant, it’s not enough to just have a successful business. She said they want to take some of their success and help those who need it.
“A lot of our clients are in a position where no one else has stepped up to help, and they’ve been harmed and hurt,” she said. “These people have become a part of our family. And this is good for our staff. They’re excited about it and appreciate that we’re giving to people who need help.”
Grant said he’s not doing this to toot his own horn, but to do something for the good of others.
“It’s the best feeling to know that you’ve helped make somebody’s life a little easier,” he said. “As an employer, I’ve found when I do simple things like buy somebody groceries, I get so much more than I give. It keeps all of us grounded.”