Friday, March 27, 2015

DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church Provides Double Donations

Some of the "Party in a Bag kits" assemble by the Junior High
youth of the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church
HSP would like to recognize the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church in Naperville for holding not one but two service projects this week for the seniors, children, and families enrolled in our programs.

The first service project was spearheaded by the Junior High youth at the church who collected supplies for and assembled fifty “Party in a Bag” kits for the children served by our Children’s Birthday Project. These kits contain all the necessary items to throw a memorable birthday party including; cake mix, frosting, plates, streamers, cups, and more. The Junior High youth even made sure to give many of the bags fun themes like Spider-man, or Frozen. HSP includes a “party in a bag” kit in every Birthday Box for the 925 children served by our Children’s Birthday Project. We wish to thank the Junior High at DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church for helping us make birthdays exciting for 50 of the underprivileged children we serve.


The DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church also ran a church-wide food drive, led by their “Do-Gooders” club. The church collected almost 20 bags of groceries for the needy seniors and families in our programs. The church has been a regular supporter of HSP for more than 10 years, and wish to thank them for all the kindness and generosity they have shown to the seniors, children, and families whose lives are touched by our programs!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Non-perishable food sorted by our volunteers from the Ray Graham Association

Non-perishable food sorted by our volunteers
from the Ray Graham Association
Yesterday HSP was delighted to host a group of 10 volunteers from the Ray Graham Association. The group spent an hour and a half in our warehouse sorting non-perishable food for the low-income senior citizens enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project. The mission of the Ray Graham Association is “to empower people with disabilities to reach, grow, and achieve.” Yesterday was the first time this group from the Ray Graham Association volunteered with us, but they have already set up a return visit. We at HSP are very glad that these helpers from the Ray Graham Association have chosen to help us make a difference in the lives of the needy seniors, children, and families in our programs, and we look forward to seeing them again soon!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Villa Park

Yesterday, Kristin Maxwell, our Executive Director here at HSP, was honored to be a guest at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Villa Park. She gave a presentation about the needs of the seniors and children that we serve that are enrolled in our programs. The club generously gave $800 to sponsor a needy senior living in Villa Park. There were also a number of members that decided to sponsor children that lived in Villa Park that are a part of our Children’s Birthday Project. HSP was very excited to be invited to attend this meeting and to spread the word about the needs of children and seniors suffering under poverty in the community. We are grateful that the Rotary Club of Villa Park is partnering with us to better the lives of seniors and children in their own community. We greatly appreciate their service and we hope to continue this friendship on future projects. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Hills Elementary School

Yesterday we had a wonderful visit from Spring Hills Elementary School in Roselle, which included four students and two teachers. They are part of the Student Ambassadors club that graciously ran a food drive for the needy seniors we serve. They collected an amazing seventeen boxes full of non-perishables! When they arrived, they stuck around and sorted the food and got to learn a little more about what we do here at HSP. The Student Ambassadors, a group of dedicated 5th graders, also spear headed a toy drive for needy children in December as part of our Christmas Offering. This was a wonderful donation that was greatly needed for our seniors and we appreciate the donations that Spring Hills has done for us. We are excited to keep working with this very generous group and thank them for their continued service at HSP. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fed Ex- Random Acts of Kindness

Last Saturday, FedEx from the Chicago Heights distribution center dropped off a very generous donation after they conducted their “Random Acts of Kindness” food drive. FedEx employee Vinnie Nedrow dropped off the donation. They managed to collect over 300 lbs. This was in addition to the six boxes of food from the Des Plaines center that dropped off a week prior. FedEx has been very kind to HSP over the last year. They supported our Christmas Offering by donating toys and helped our seniors that are enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project by conducting a paper drive. HSP would like to thank FedEx for their continued service and we are excited to keep working with them on future projects. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

March Delivery Day is Right around the Corner!

Tomorrow is our March delivery day for the 125 seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project.  It’s a busy day at HSP today, as we prep over 6 tons of groceries for delivery day. Our friends from UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Carol Stream visited and helped us sort fresh produce and bread for delivery. They spent 2 hours helping us ensure that all 125 seniors receive nutritious groceries. UPS volunteers regularly help us prepare for our delivery days. We wish to thank them for once again being able to take time out of their schedule to help organize groceries for our seniors! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thank you, Giant Steps

Food sorted for the seniors in our Senior Citizen Project
HSP welcomed back a group from Giant Steps located in Lisle. Giant Steps volunteers at HSP on a monthly basis and we are delighted every time they come.

Today Giant Steps sorted food for our needy seniors. We are very grateful for their assistance, since we will be delivering over 6 tons of groceries to the seniors enrolled in our Seniors Citizen Project on Saturday.

We will also like to thank Giant Steps for the food they graciously donated last week at HSP. HSP is thankful for volunteers like Giant Steps who enable us to serve those in need in the community. We wouldn’t be able to do it without them and we look forward to seeing them next month!