Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Offering Continues

Our Christmas Offering continued today with a second round of gift distributions. Another 150 needy families were provided with Christmas gifts for their children—at least 3 gifts for each child between the ages of 2 and 15! More than 50 people volunteered their time and resources to come help us out here at HSP by distributing and loading groceries and gifts. We truly appreciate all the support of our donors, volunteers, and the community in serving so many in need. HSP’s Offering will continue throughout Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 15, 2014

HSP’s Christmas Offering Begins!

On Saturday, HSP’s Christmas Offering started off with a bang as we distributed Christmas Gifts and more than 16 tons of groceries to 150 needy families. Each family received 2 boxes of fresh produce, 4 boxes of non-perishables, 7 selections of frozen meat, at least 4 loaves of bread, and a turkey. Every child in these families between the ages of 2 to 15 also received a minimum of 3 Christmas gifts! More than 90 volunteers donated their time on Saturday to help us distribute all of these groceries and gifts. We wish to thank all these volunteers, and the countless other individuals who have generously given either their time or resources to help make our Christmas Offering successful. We will be distributing Christmas gifts to more than 1000 other children through next week!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Offering Begins Tomorrow

The exciting and busy week here at HSP continues with our final preparations today for the start of our Christmas Offering! Tomorrow, HSP will once again be serving 150 families with Christmas gifts and 250 pounds of groceries apiece! Throughout the day, these families will be stopping by HSP to pick up these much needed groceries and wonderful gifts!

            In order to make sure everything is ready for tomorrow, several volunteer groups have come to HSP today to help us out. Volunteers from UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Kindercare, and Staples Advantage came to lend a hand sorting fresh produce, bread, gifts, and assisted with any other prep work needed. We are so thankful for all our volunteers for helping us ensure that these families have the food and gifts they need to help them celebrate this holiday season.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Toys under the Christmas Tree

As we at HSP are busy preparing to provide Christmas gifts to over 1600 impoverished children, we want to take a moment to thank all of those who generously donated gifts to make the program a success. At HSP we ensure that each child has at least 3 gifts to celebrate Christmas. This would not be possible without the hundreds of “giving tree” gifts that have come in from our wonderful supporters. In addition to these gifts, we also received very generous “toy drives” from Accurate Personnel, the Naperville Noon Lions Club, American Institutes for Research, and a number of other amazing supporters. Thanks so much for helping us spread Christmas joy to these deserving children and their families!

If you too would like to help HSP serve needy children this Christmas, there is still time to make toy donations. Our greatest need is for toys for children between the ages of 8-11. Call HSP at 630-221-8340 with any questions.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HSP Thanks Ours Volunteers

Volunteers from Clarke and Westin
As the first distribution day of our Christmas Offering is just a few short days away, we’d like to recognize the volunteer groups who have given their time this week to help us prepare during this very busy and important week. Volunteers sorted hundreds of children’s gifts and finalized the bags of presents for over 375 families. They also sorted food and toy donations.

Volunteers from BMW of North America
On Monday, we had help from the Wheaton Warrenville South High School Bilingual Club and Westin Hotels. Yesterday, we were assisted by volunteers from Clarke, Philadelphia Insurance, and a second group from Westin Hotels. And today, we welcome volunteers from the BMW of North America, LaForce Inc, and the Hinsdale South High School’s BPA Club. As always, we are so grateful for our volunteers, especially during the holiday season. Their continued generosity and support is very much appreciated in this busy time.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Glenbard South High School Food Drive

This past Saturday, Glenbard South High School’s National Honor Society ran their annual Holiday Food Drive for the sake of the needy seniors and families we serve at HSP. The NHS students canvassed their neighborhoods with flyers, asking their neighbors to support the drive by donating non-perishable food items. The students then spent all Saturday morning collecting donated food, which they then dropped off at HSP. Their neighbors were very supportive and generous to the NHS students as they were able to fill 7 minivans and SUVS with all of the donations. We want to thank Glenbard South and their thoughtful and the community for their generous donations.

Monday, December 8, 2014

HSP’s Red Letter Saturday

This past Saturday, December 6th was certainly an eventful day at HSP. In the morning we had our monthly Delivery Day for our Senior Citizen Project. Thanks to all of the volunteer drivers who delivered to the seniors, and volunteer loaders who helped pack up the drivers’ vehicles; we distributed over 6 tons of nutritious groceries to the 125 impoverished seniors enrolled in the program. We wish to thank everyone who assisted us in serving these very deserving seniors.

Once all the groceries were out of our warehouse and in the hands of seniors, HSP shifted our focus to preparing for our Christmas Offering. In the afternoon we hosted more than 40 volunteers for our annual Christmas Boxing Party. At this event we sorted the Christmas gifts for all of the children we will be serving this Saturday at our Christmas Offering gift and grocery distribution. Volunteers also prepared bags of gifts for needy children we will be serving at Lake Park Elementary School in Addison. We had a blast at this event, and we thank everyone who gave their time on Saturday to help up take this critical step forward towards serving 1600+ children with gifts this Christmas!