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'Jay it Forward' changes lives of Joliet students

On Sept. 29, Jay it Forward took 28 Joliet Township High School seniors from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0 Program on a back-to-school shopping spree at Buckle in the Orland Square Mall.
On Sept. 29, Jay it Forward took 28 Joliet Township High School seniors from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0 Program on a back-to-school shopping spree at Buckle in the Orland Square Mall.

JOLIET – On Sept. 29, Jay it Forward took 28 Joliet Township High School seniors from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0 Program on a back-to-school shopping spree at Buckle in Orland Square Mall.

Jay it Forward is led by Jay Vana’s parents, Thomas and Michele Vana, who are dedicated to performing random acts of kindness to honor Jay Vana’s kind-hearted spirit annually on Sept. 25, the anniversary of his death as a result of a car accident at the age of 16 in 2012.

A resident of Homer Glen, Jay attended Lockport Township High School. His big heart and even bigger smile impacted those who knew him in many positive ways.

Jay would often secretly perform random acts of kindness with family and friends to help those in need. His memory lives on through Jay it Forward.

The students who benefited from this year’s Jay it Forward each received personalized attention and assistance from Jay it Forward team members and had the opportunity to buy up to $350 worth of clothing each at the Buckle store, all generously paid for by Jay it Forward.
 Twin brothers Spencer and Ben Rogina were two of the beneficiaries of this year’s Jay it Forward. For information, visit www.facebook.com/jayitforward25.

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