Our Story

We’re Minor and Jennifer Mobley of St. Charles, IL. We moved here from Indiana in 2010 with our 2 small children. Some of you may know us as the owners of Excel Automotive Repair.

When we opened Excel in 2014, we knew we wanted to find a way to give back to our community. As we looked under our Christmas tree to see all the presents our children would be getting, we thought about all the little ones that wouldn’t be opening presents on Christmas morning. We decided to reach out to our children’s elementary school social worker to see if there were any families that may need some assistance providing Christmas gifts to their kids. We, like many others, didn’t realize there was a large number of families in need within our very own community.  That’s how it all started, with purchasing gifts for children in need in our very own school.

In addition to the Christmas Sponsorship, we also have a annual Gift Wrapping Party, Holiday Toy Drive and help children in need throughout the school year.

Over the years we kept adding more and more children into our program. Because of how large it has become, in 2019 we decided to become an official not-for-profit. When coming up with the name, we thought of how this really is such a community effort and how everyone has such big, caring hearts. We came up with the name BIG HEARTS of FOX VALLEY.

-Jennifer Mobley -Founder/President

In 2019, 2020 & 2021 Big Hearts of Valley was voted BEST PHILANTHROPIC GROUP/CHARITY in the Best of the Fox  Kane County Chronicle Readers’ Choice Awards!

Proclamation…the city of St Charles declared the second week of every December Big Hearts of Valley week!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”   – Margaret Mead