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Q & A with Jimmy and Danielle: Our Search #GivingTuesday Ambassadors

Danielle and Jimmy are our Search Inc. #GivingTuesday 2020 ambassadors! This #GivingTuesday, Search is shining a light on Jimmy and Danielle, two incredible Search participants. 2020 marks their second anniversary together as a couple and we’re thrilled to highlight their love story for #GivingTuesday this year!

We recently connected with Danielle and Jimmy over Zoom to ask them about their experiences here at Search and to get the 411 on their loving relationship. Get to know our #GivingTuesday ambassadors more below.


Q: What is your favorite thing to do at Search?

J: I love the vacations, like when I went to Washington DC. Special Olympics is really fun too. I also love working at Search.

D: I’ve loved my two Search vacations. One was in Santa Barbara for an art show and another was a girl’s weekend with Jen in Wisconsin.

Q: What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Search?

J: Asking Danielle’s dad for his permission to date Danielle.

D: I love working at Des Plaines warehouse. That’s where I first met Jimmy too.

Q: What has been your go to activity these past few months during the pandemic?

J: I like getting out of the house, working, and watching TV.

D: Arts and crafts is my favorite. I also loved the “Sycamore Stones” where we were a band, created a video. I was the singer.

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Q: Danielle, would you like to tell us a bit about your nephew, Jack?

D: Yeah! He lives in Grayslake and is seven years old. I have one nephew and one niece. Jack loves to chase me around with bugs.

Q: Jimmy, tell us a bit about your brother Henry.

J: Henry also lives at a Search home. We are really close and Zoom a lot. We also call each other on our cell phones. We both work at our local Jewels, not the same one though.

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Q: How do you feel about your Direct Support staff?

J: I love Valy. He’s really nice, helps me out, and I can talk to him about everything. My job coach, Sarah, is also really nice.

D: I love Gracie and Claudia. I can talk to them about anything and help me with everything.

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Q: What is your favorite thing about each other?

J: Danielle is very nice and I love talking to her. I can call her with any questions or my problems.

D: Jimmy is kind to me and keeps me safe. I love him.

Q: What is your favorite memory together?

J: When I was at Des Plaines one day doing my resume, I saw Danielle. I asked her out over lunch and it was very nice.

D: My favorite memory is the first time we met in 2010. I was in the art room at the time.

Q: What does your perfect date include?

J: Going to Olive Garden, then the movies

D: Olive Garden for dinner, then the movies with popcorn. We would see a romantic comedy.

We know Danielle and Jimmy love each other, but how well do they know each other? We decided to find out ala our own version of “The Newlywed Game”!  It was fun! See what they knew (or didn’t) about each other below.

Q: What is Danielle’s favorite color?

J: Blue

D: No, it’s red.

Q: What is Jimmy’s favorite color?

D: I don’t know.

J: Red

^ Little did they know, they have the same favorite color!

Q: What is Danielle’s favorite food?

J: Chicken nuggets

D: Yes, it’s chicken nuggets!

Q: What is Jimmy’s favorite food?

D: Pizza

J: Yes, it’s pizza!

Q: What is Danielle’s favorite hobby?

J: Seeing me

D: Seeing Jimmy

Q: What is Jimmy’s favorite hobby?

D: Being with me

J: Being with Danielle

Final Scores – Jimmy: 2/3 Danielle: 2/3

Starting November 1st, you have a special opportunity to make your donation to Search Inc. go twice as far for Danielle and Jimmy and the over 350 individuals served by Search! From Nov 1 – Dec 1, any online gift of $200 or more to Search Inc. will be matched with a $200 gift from the generous Coleman Foundation. Our goal is to raise $30,000 by midnight on Dec 1, #GivingTuesday. Your donation, in any amount, will help us reach our goal!

This giving season your gift means more than ever! November 1 – December 1, #GivingTuesday Give safety, friendship, employment, love, connection, and most important of all, give hope.

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Read more about our #GivingTuesday Ambassadors, Danielle and Jimmy.

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