Roy and Georgette Frank of Elk Grove Village quietly celebrated a milestone recently: It has been 10 years since they founded Heart of a Marine Foundation in memory of their son, Lance Cpl. Phillip E. Frank, who was killed in 2004 in Iraq.
“We literally had no idea what we were going to do,” Roy Frank said in a Daily Herald interview two years ago. “We wanted to improve the lives of military personnel, but we had no experience. We thought, hopefully, situations would arise that would help us focus.”
The Heart of a Marine Foundation combined with the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove to collect more than 200 new toys for the Marines Chicago area Toys for Tots campaign.