Friday, April 24, 2015

Facial Tissue Needed for Senior Citizens

Spring time brings with it a lot of wonderful opportunities, but one not so exciting thing that arrives with the spring weather is an increased need for facial tissue. Whether it is because of seasonal allergies, colds, or more serious respiratory issues now is the time a lot of people find themselves reaching for tissue after tissue. This is true for the many of the low-income seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project, and we need your help to provide them with the tissues they need.

Every month, HSP provides each of the seniors enrolled in our program with two bags of paper products including paper towels, toilet paper, and tissues. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we have the toilet paper and paper towels needed to supply these seniors for many months. However, facial tissue is in short supply. Please consider donating for the sake of the deserving seniors we serve. Contact HSP for more info:, 630-221-8340.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ribfest Time Slots are Filling Fast!

Naperville Exchange Club’s Ribfest is still a few months away but volunteer slots are filling up fast. RibFest is being held July 2nd – 5th with headliners Sammy Hagar, Kelly Pickler, and the Band Perry. RibFest is a great volunteering opportunity that lets you have fun in the sun while raising  thousands of dollars for charities that help serve children in need, like HSP. The greater the amount of volunteers we have representing us, the larger amount of funding we receive to support the children enrolled in our Feed the Kids program. You can sign up today to represent HSP at this great event by contacting us at 630-221-8340 or emailing us at

There are many wonderful volunteer slots at RibFest. You can work at the admission gates, child identification, clean up, or work as a general “as needed” volunteer. Also, volunteers who are 21 and older can work at the beverage tent.  An added bonus for volunteers is free admission to the event on the day they volunteer. Available shifts are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. or 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on July 2nd -5th.

Make it a priority and resister today to get your desired slot because they are filling up fast. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thank You, Giant Steps

Yesterday, HSP had the pleasure of hosting a group of nine students and aides from Giant Steps. The group spent more than an hour in the warehouse sorting non-perishable foods for the needy families served by our Feed the Kids program. This group have become regular volunteers who lend their support on an almost monthly basis and they are always a joy to host! We are so grateful to have this group come in and help support the families and seniors enrolled in our programs.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A “Thank You” from Some Very Happy Kids

Yesterday, HSP’s Executive Director Kristin Maxwell and Administrative Assistant Bridget
A thank you from the children at Carol Stream Head Start
Dooley were invited to Head Start in Carol Stream. This is just one of the locations served by our Children’s Birthday Project. Kristin and Bridget met with some of the kids that are enrolled in our program. They were very happy about the toys they received and gushed about how much they loved them. They were so grateful that they made thank you cards for everyone who makes the Children’s Birthday Project a success. The Children’s Birthday Project serves 925 children every year, many of whom are enrolled at schools with high populations of poverty such as Carol Stream Head Start. We are so appreciative for everyone who participates in the Children’s Birthday Project making sure that these children receive special gifts on their birthdays, and their families are too! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

School Donation Extravaganza

As the school year comes to its final stretch we’ve been happy to see many groups of students do their part to help others. On Friday, HSP received three generous donations from three different school groups. The student body from St. Isidore’s collected, created, and donated 30 “Party in a bag” kits. The 5th grade “Power Paws” from Weisbrook Elementary collected items and donated 26 “Party in a Bag” kits for the children that are enrolled in our program. That is a total of 56 “Party in a Bag” kits! Also, the students of Interact Club of Community High School in West Chicago collected food for seniors in tandem with a school wide blood drive. They collected seven boxes and four bags of non-perishables. Thank you to the three schools for their amazing generosity!

Friday, April 17, 2015

UPS Volunteers Deliver Smiles and Support

It is a busy day at HSP as we are in the middle of preparing for our monthly “Delivery Day” for the seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project tomorrow. Thankfully, we have some help in the form of five volunteers from UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Carol Stream, who graciously gave their time to help us get ready. These volunteers sorted the fresh produce and bread that will be delivered to each senior as part of their 100 lb. grocery package. Volunteers from UPS regularly come in the day prior to our monthly deliveries, and it was great to have these familiar faces lending their hands again today. With more than 6 tons of nutritious groceries being delivered every Delivery Day, we are grateful to the UPS volunteers for helping us make this much needed impact in the lives of deserving seniors throughout DuPage and Kane counties. We wish to thank them, and all of the other volunteers who make our Delivery Days possible every month.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

FedEx Food Drive

On Tuesday afternoon, our friends from FedEx give us a welcome visit. Recently, the Chicago Heights FedEx facility ran a food drive and donated over 350 lbs of food to HSP. This was an extension of FedEx’s “Random Acts of Kindness” food drive. This food drive was held last month and multiple FedEx locations participated by collecting food for the seniors and families we serve. Vinnie Nedrow of Chicago Heights FedEx facility spearheaded, both last month’s and this recent donation.

We thank everyone at the Chicago Heights FedEx facility for going the extra mile and helping us feed the seniors and families in our programs. We are appreciative of all the support they have given to HSP and we look forward to working with them again soon.