Friday, August 29, 2014

School Supplies Delivered to Needy Kids

Bill and Jeff with one of the vans filled with
school supplies for needy kids.
Today at the Humanitarian Service Project we were very excited to send off our two cargo vans packed to the brim with school supplies to four schools in Aurora. These donations were dropped off at the schools by our wonderful volunteers Bill Fehling and Jeff Marker. The four elementary schools; Gates, Krug, Oak Park, and Hermes, all serve student populations where over 90% of the children live below the poverty line. With their families struggling to make end meet, many children at these schools don’t have access to all the school supplies they need. We at HSP are glad we could send supplies off to these four schools knowing they would get into the hands of children who need them.

              This delivery of supplies to these schools is phase two of HSP’s annual School Supply Drive. At the beginning of the month, we sent a van load of supplies to Kane County’s “Project Backpack” and two vans full to the DuPage Regional Office of Education’s “Back to School Fair” for needy families. Through all of these deliveries, HSP’s School Supply Drive has equipped over 3000 impoverished children with the supplies they need to succeed in school this year. We wish to thank everyone who participated in our School Supply Drive, for helping us make it such a success!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Last Fling is your Last Chance for Fun Before the End of Summer

         Labor Day weekend is upon us, and many are feeling excitement and anticipation for the weekend:  barbeques to be had, friends to see, and a nice time to relax before getting back into the groove of school and work as Summer comes to an end.  Another reason to be excited for this weekend is that The Naperville Jaycees are putting on the Last Fling Festival!  The festival runs from Friday through Monday, and it is a good way to have fun while feeling good about the way you are spending your weekend.
          The Last Fling offers a way for you to not only treat yourself, but to also treat others.  As an attendee of the Last Fling, you are supporting local charities and non-profit organizations, helping them raise money so they can continue their services to those who need them most.  HSP will be one of many non-profit organizations that will be helping at the Last Fling, along with receiving funds from the event.  The money we receive from the event will be put towards our Feed The Kids program, which helps needy children and their families during the summer months when food is scarce.   
            There are many fun activities each day of the event, such as food eating contests, wine tasting, a carnival, Family Fun Land, the Fling Mile Race, bingo, and other various games.  Bands will be featured every night, including ARRA on Friday, O.A.R. on Saturday, Smash Mouth on Sunday, and 7th Heaven on Sunday.  The Last Fling will also be holding a Labor Day Parade on Monday, which is sure to be a good time.
            So, if you’re looking for something fun to do this Labor Day weekend, consider going to the Last Fling one or all of the days it’s being put on!  It’s sure to be a good time, and you can feel great knowing that you’re making a difference in your local community through helping charities and non-profit groups like HSP.  From all of us here at HSP, we want to wish a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and we hope to see you at the Last Fling!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cereal: A Weapon against Serial Hunger

The old adage “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” gets drilled into most of us in our youth. Unfortunately, for those living under poverty, obtaining nutritious food to start the day with a healthy breakfast is beyond their means. Currently, HSP is in need of breakfast items particularly cereal, oatmeal, and pancake mix, to provide breakfast food for the 123 impoverished seniors we serve through our Senior Citizen Project. For these seniors, 90% of which suffer from chronic ailments that require special diets, starting the day off with a healthy meal would be impossible without the nutritious groceries they receive from HSP.

                Through the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides 123 local seniors in need the nutritious groceries they require to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. This includes providing fresh produce, frozen meat, bread, and non-perishables for all meals of the day. In addition to cereal, oatmeal, and pancake mix, some items that are in high demand for the seniors we serve are canned tuna, peanut butter, and jelly. If you have any questions about making food donations, or other ways to make a difference in the lives of needy seniors, please call HSP at 630-221-8340.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Allured Business Media Senior Endowment Campaign Continues

           Last Monday, HSP started a Senior Endowment Campaign with our partners at Allured Business Media to raise money towards a new senior being permanently enrolled into our Senior Citizen Project (SCP).  For every dollar raised up to $7,500, Allured Business Media will match this amount, providing $15,000 for a new senior’s enrollment into SCP.  For many seniors, money and mobility limit them greatly, so finding a way to pay for all of life’s expenses, such as rent and food, along with being able to afford medicine and medical bills, can become extremely stressful.  Currently, HSP has 123 seniors enrolled in SCP, and each of these seniors is helped greatly each month because of the program.  With the help of Allured Business Media’s Senior Endowment Campaign, $15,000 will permanently provide an impoverished senior with numerous life-saving groceries and other services that they will receive through SCP.  
The Senior Citizen Project delivers 100 pounds of groceries to each senior every month; they receive seven fresh fruits, eight fresh vegetables, seven types of frozen meats, six bags of non-perishable food, Pepperidge Farm bread, two bags of paper products.  Seniors also receive “Secret Pal gifts,” a small, fun gift caringly selected and purchased by each senior’s own “secret pal.”  Along with the groceries and Secret Pals gifts they receive each month, every three months, each senior can look forward to receiving a personal care kit, complete with items such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste.

            Seniors are provided with a better life and many more opportunities thanks to all of the services they receive from SCP, which is why it is so important that we increase our enrollment from 123 seniors to 124 seniors.  Please consider donating to the endowment campaign in any way possible so we can help one more needy senior have the life he or she deserves; you can donate by sending checks to 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188, or on Network for Good https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/hsp?code=Homepage.   Allured Business Media will be matching funds up to $7,500 from August 18 through October 17.  For more information on the Senior Endowment Campaign, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (630) 221-8340, or send us an email at hsp@humanitarianservice.org

Monday, August 25, 2014

United Stationers Backpack Donation to Army Trail School

            Our friends at United Stationers in Carol Stream have graciously donated 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to needy children who attend Army Trail School in Addison.  United Stationers contacted HSP to set up a donation that would impact local children in need; Army Trail School has a high population of needy children, and is one school we serve through our Children’s Birthday Project.  The backpacks were distributed to students by several United Stationers employees this past Thursday evening at a start of the school year event held at the school.  

United Stationers of Carol Stream have partnered with us in the past to help children in need; two years ago, they did a similar event for another one of our partners, Lake Park Elementary, which is also located in Addison.  The donation provided to the students of Army Trail School is part of the local initiative to help needy children; as a whole, the United Stationers Foundation provides 65,000 backpacks to needy children nationwide.  Thank you, United Stationers, for your continued support and donations to children in need!     

Friday, August 22, 2014

Personal Care Kits from the NJWC

Yesterday, HSP received the second part of a very generous donation from our friends at the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club (NJWC.) Annette Koch of the NJWC dropped off 20 wonderful “personal care kits” that the club created for the impoverished seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project. This donation was the second part of a larger donation as the club dropped off 65 more of these kits last month. Each of these kits contains hygiene products that will help the seniors in our program maintain a healthy lifestyle. They include; shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, lip balm, hand sanitizer, soap, and dental floss. As the chosen charity for their Community Improvement Project for 2013 and 2014, HSP has received a great deal of wonderful support from the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club. HSP wishes to thank them not only for these kits, but everything else they have provided for the needy seniors and children we serve as well.

The 123 seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project all suffer heavily under poverty. They cannot afford all of the items needed to keep healthy. For that reason, every three months HSP includes a personal care kit along with their monthly grocery delivery. If you too are interested in providing these kits for needy seniors, you can learn more by checking out HSP’s website: http://humanitarianservice.org/getinvolved/index.html

Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Birthday Boxes Delivered for the School Year

With the end of August approaching quickly, not only does this mean the end of summer, but the beginning of the academic school year.  While some children may be less-than-thrilled to return to school, they still have a reason to smile:  birthday boxes!  Today, thanks to the generosity and help of our volunteer, Jeff Marker, who drove to the schools to drop off the gifts, HSP sent out its first batch of birthday boxes to Lake Park Elementary and Army Trail School, both of which are located in Addison.  We sent out birthday boxes to 23 impoverished children with September birthdays; 11 of these boxes went to Lake Park Elementary, and the remaining 12 went to kindergartners at Army Trail School.
            HSP is partnered with both Lake Park Elementary and Army Trail School to reach out to needy children attending these schools.  Through our Children’s Birthday Project, we are able to provide a memorable birthday for 925 needy children.  Each child enrolled in the program receives 6-10 new gifts; 4-7 new, age-appropriate books; numerous filler gifts, such as stuffed animals; and a “Party-in-a-Bag” kit, which includes all of the things that make birthdays fun, such as a cake, candles, and party supplies, so a child can throw a great party on their special day.

            If you would like to learn more about our Children’s Birthday Project, please feel free to call us at (630) 221-8340.  Here’s to the start of another fun school year and many more happy children on their birthdays!