Thursday, November 20, 2014

DuPage Woodworkers Club



Yesterday, the DuPage Woodworkers Club donated 500 handmade toys for HSP’s Christmas Offering. The members of the club make toys throughout the year to provide for impoverished children at Christmas time. HSP is grateful to be one of the recipient organizations of these wonderful toys year after year. Through our annual Christmas Offering, HSP serves 350 families with nutritious groceries and provides Christmas gifts to over 1,600 children. Donors like the DuPage Woodworkers Club make a big difference in the community through their service. If you too would like to be involved in any of our programs at HSP during our Christmas season, please give us a call at 630-221-8340.
Rick Ogren of the Woodworkers Club with HSP's
Executive Director Kristin Maxwell.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HSP Welcomes a New Intern

This week, we welcome a new intern, Stephanie Harding! Stephanie graduated this past Spring from Northern Illinois University with a major in English. She would like to work with the community and hopes to give back, which is why working at HSP interested her. One of the things she hopes to gain from her time here is experience with business writing. This is not her first experience with service though. While in high school, she did a lot of work with a youth group and with NHS. Her time at HSP will be spent helping with the Christmas Offering and interviewing our seniors for their annual “senior updates”. Stephanie loves to write and hopes to pursue a career where she gets to do so. Her other interests include a love of music and reading. She especially likes J.K. Rowling. Other fun fact about Stephanie is she recently wrote her first novel! We are excited to have Stephanie here with us and from all of us at HSP, welcome!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Glenbard South Life Skills Class Volunteer Group

Today, HSP hosted a volunteer group which consisted of 10 students and 4 chaperons from Glenbard South High School’s life skills class. The group spent an hour and a half creating bags of toilet paper, paper towels and facial tissue for the senior citizens HSP serves. We have had groups from Glenbard South before, but this is the first time the life skills class had volunteered here, and we are very happy and appreciative to have them here. Each of the 125 seniors enrolled in our program, receive fresh fruits, vegetables, loaves of bread and groceries each month and receive a care kit once every 3 months. If you too would like to be involved in our SCP, please give us a call at 630-221-8340.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thank You Saturday Volunteers!

It was an exciting day at HSP on Saturday. First we had our monthly Senior Citizen Project delivery day. We’re thankful for all of the volunteer loaders and drivers who braved the weather to help us distribute over six tons of groceries to 125 needy seniors. With their help our seniors were able to receive the nutrition they need. HSP will be forever thankful for our loaders and drivers who help make the Senior Citizen Project successful!

Later in the day we hosted a group of eleven volunteers from Elmhurst College who sorted and boxed up non-perishable food for the needy families in our Christmas Offering. The volunteers made food boxes for 150 families! Thank you so much to the volunteers who shared their Saturday with us to help us serve needy families in the community. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Delivery Day Preparations

This week was very busy for HSP! With preparing for the holidays and our November senior delivery day tomorrow, there has been a lot to accomplish. To finish preparing for the 125 seniors we serve, our friends from UPS came to volunteer. The UPS volunteers graciously gave up time out of their morning to sort produce in the warehouse for SCP. We greatly appreciate the continued support from UPS. Without their help and other dedicated volunteers, serving our seniors would not be possible.    

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Generous Party Supply Donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Yesterday, HSP received an amazing donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Naperville that consisted of 90 party-in-a-box kits (PIABs). This was in addition to the generous donation of 107 PIABs back in September. The supplies for these kits were donated by the members of the church and assembled by 8-11 year old youths at Latter Day Saints. We thank them for helping us make a big difference in the lives of the needy children we serve. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holiday Update

The holiday season is in full swing here at HSP! We have been busy preparing for our Christmas Offering and have already received donations for the holidays. It is not too late to get involved. One way to do this is by hosting a toy or food drive for our Christmas Offering. Another way to serve the clientele at HSP is by taking a child’s name for the gift giving trees. Every day, we are getting calls from local families in need who are asking to be on our waiting list for Christmas so any donation, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated. To learn more about how you can make a difference this holiday season, please visit www.humanitarianservice.org/whatwedo/christmasoffering.html.