Friday, January 23, 2015

Helping Out at HSP

HSP was visited once again by our friends from Ms. Heggen’s class from Glenbard South High School. After helping us out almost every month last year, we are excited to welcome the students back for a whole new year of volunteering. They stopped by and gave an hour of their time helping us out in our warehouse where they sorted and inventoried bread.
The bread sorted today will be distributed to our 125 impoverished seniors. Their time here volunteering helps the students to learn real world vocational and community service experiences, lessons that are the central focus of the class. As always, we are so grateful for Ms. Heggen and her wonderful students who continue to help us make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A New Intern Joins HSP

This week HSP was excited to welcome a new member to our intern team, Eric Placek. Eric is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he studied editorial journalism. Eric is joining HSP because of his interest in Public Relations. During his internship Eric will be contributing to HSP’s social media sites, performing outreach to local groups, and helping to spread the word about HSP and our programs. Eric says he was interested in joining HSP as an intern not just for the experience, but also for the opportunity to use his skills to help others. He spent much of his time in high school doing community service to help feed the hungry, and he looks to forward to continuing that work with HSP. Outside of work and service, Eric’s major passion is hockey, which he has played nearly his entire life. Please join us in welcoming Eric to HSP.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thank You Christmas Offering Donors and Volunteers!

Believe it or not, it has been nearly a month since we wrapped up our Christmas offering here at HSP.

The 2014 offering was the largest Christmas offering in our history. 2,014 children and 126 seniors received gifts, and over 400 families received groceries!

What made this year so successful was the generosity and tireless work from all of our donors and volunteers, so we wanted to share with you a few of the “thank yous” we received from grateful families.

“This Christmas was extremely lean and we didn't know if we were going to be able to get gifts for our son. Thank you so much for giving us that ability”

“Thank you for all the wonderful gifts and food, you gave our family at this holiday time.  Your kindness is very appreciated.”

“Thank you so much for your help this past year. It's helped my grandson and me so much this year. The gifts were wonderful and very much appreciated. Your thoughtfulness and your help, we thank you.”

“I really appreciate these gifts.  I could not afford these things and now I can put a smile on my daughter’s and her cousins’ faces. Thank you!” 

And of course we at HSP would also like thank everyone who participated in the Christmas offering. We couldn't have done it without all of you. We look forward to seeing all our friends through the year as we continue in our mission to serve seniors, children and their families.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Get Involved with the Secret Pal Program

A new year means another year of secret pals here at HSP!

The Secret Pal Program is something that is open to all of the seniors in our Senior Citizen Project. It is a program where volunteer donors are each paired up with a senior, and the donor will buy the senior a small gift on a monthly basis.

The gifts may be something practical the senior could use, such as candles or pots and pans, or they may just be something to bring a little more enjoyment into that senior’s life, like a book of crosswords or a puzzle.

Our donors typically spend between $5 and $25 per month.

While these gifts may seem of little significance, their impact can be huge. Take for example this excerpt from a thank you letter written by one of our appreciative seniors:

“Thank you for your kindness all year. My appreciation is great, and I am overwhelmed with your generosity. You are a very special person! I wish I could give you a big hug.”

The gifts are dropped off or mailed in to our center in Carol Stream and are then delivered to our seniors by their delivery day drivers, along with their monthly food.

To become a Secret Pal, please contact us at 630.221.8340 or email us at

Monday, January 19, 2015

Thank You South Outreach

South Outreach Volunteers at HSP last Spring
HSP would like to extend a big thank you to the students of the South Outreach club of Wheaton Warrenville South High School who took time out of their day off of school to volunteer with us on Friday. Six volunteers from the club spent two hours in HSP’s warehouse, sorting frozen meat for the impoverished seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project. The goal of the South Outreach club is “to spread awareness and education about poverty and violence and use [their] resources to make change.” By regularly giving their time on days off of school, South Outreach has definitely been doing their part to make a positive change in the community. We at HSP wish to thank them, and all of our other steadfast volunteers, for helping us make a difference in the lives of seniors, children, and families in our programs through their service.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Care Kits and Valentines from Forest Glen Elementary

Yesterday, HSP received a wonderful donation from the 5th grade Ambassadors of Forest Glen Elementary school. The students made 30 personal care kits, each containing various hygiene items, to give to our seniors. The club has been making these kits every year since 2012. The children were also kind enough to make handmade Valentine’s Day cards to pass to our seniors next month. These personal care kits are essential to our seniors in helping maintain their health and wellness. It’s especially comforting to see such generosity from young students. HSP thanks Forest Glen Elementary School for their thoughtful donation.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wrapper’s Delight!

Birthday gift wrapping has begun again at HSP! Having taken a break from wrapping birthday gifts for a few months while our Christmas Offering program was running, the New Year brings with it new birthday gifts to wrap. With 925 impoverished children served through our Children’s Birthday Project every year, there are a lot of birthday gifts to wrap. Volunteer wrappers pick up the gifts at HSP’s Center, and take them home to wrap with their own paper and ribbon. After that, they bring the gifts back to HSP to be boxed up and ready to bring smiles to children on their special day. Helping us get started on the wrapping this week were two different groups from Midwestern University, and a group from St. Pius Parish in Lombard who picked up gifts to wrap for a total of 33 of the children we serve. We wish to thank these three groups for helping us begin our birthday wrapping with a bang!