'The Avalon Village' gets big surprise from Ellen Degeneres

- A Highland Park woman making a tremendous difference in her community got a big surprise from a very big talk show host this week.

Charlie LeDuff first introduced us to "Mama" Shu Harris in June. Through a fundraising campaign, she's turning a mostly-abandoned street into a revitalized neighborhood and a safe haven for kids.

Her story grabbed the attention of talk show host Ellen Degeneres, who gave her a big surprise on her show Wednesday.

Ellen and Cocoon9 are donating a Cocoon9 home to Shu's village. You can read more about Ellen's surprise here.

You can learn more about Shu's fundraising campaign and make a donation at www.theavalonvillage.org

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