Monday, October 20, 2014

Thanks to our Friends at UPS

HSP received some amazing news last Friday from our friends at UPS Supply Chain Solutions. As a volunteer group from UPS arrived to sort fresh produce and bread for our Senior Citizen Project (SCP) they presented HSP with a check for $20,000. This gift was a grant from the UPS Foundation, which heavily factored in the volunteer hours from the UPS team members in Carol Stream and in Elk Grove Village in its decision process. HSP was recognized for our impact in the community thanks, in no small part, to UPS.  Nearly every month HSP hosts volunteers from UPS to sort the fresh produce and bread delivered to the 123 impoverished seniors enrolled in HSP’s Senior Citizen Project. Their continual support allows HSP to provide nutritious groceries to these seniors month after month. The donation from the UPS Foundation will be used to replace one of HSP’s aging cargo vans, which is critical for the operation of HSP’s programs to serve the needy. Every week HSP travels throughout DuPage County and beyond for donations and other tasks related to the SCP and the Children’s Birthday Project. We wish to thank our friends at UPS and the UPS Foundation for helping us make a difference in the lives of seniors, children, and their families suffering from poverty in our community.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Kensington School Holds Party Supply Drive

Over the past two days, HSP has received a very exciting and generous donation. As a part of the “Kensington Cares” initiative, Kensington School held a drive for party supplies. Kensington School has nine locations throughout the western suburbs for infants through full day kindergarten students. A teacher at the school, Jennifer Benton, helped organize the drive and added a fun twist to the drive by collecting donations to mark the birthday of the school’s mascot, Scooter the traveling bear. In honor of his birthday, people were encouraged to help Scooter celebrate by donating party supplies that will later be used as part of our Children’s Birthday Project. 1,486 packages of birthday party supplies were collected during the week of 9/29- 10/3. The supplies donated include: party favors, cake mix, frosting, napkins, candles, balloons, streams and more! The items were bagged up and delivered to us yesterday and today. We are very thankful to Kensington School for helping us get a head start on our Children’s Birthday Project for next year. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Birthday Bags Delivered to 226 Kids!

HSP is excited to share that today we delivered bags full of birthday gifts for all of the 226 impoverished children enrolled at Two Rivers Head Start in East Aurora. These gifts will be distributed at Head Start throughout next year as the children’s birthdays roll around. The bags completely filled up our two cargo vans, and were delivered by our dedicated volunteers Bill Fehling, Jeff Marker, and Dean Senne who graciously donated their time to help with this delivery. Each child will receive a game or puzzle, educational flashcards, two books, an activity book, and 5 toys. While not officially a part of our Children’s Birthday Project, HSP was able to provide gifts for these kids thanks to the generosity of our donors. We want to thank Bill, Jeff, and Dean for delivering the gifts, and all of our supporters who helped make this possible.

With 925 needy children enrolled in our Children’s Birthday Project and 1600 to receive gifts through our Christmas Offering in just a couple of months, HSP is always looking for donations of new toys to brings smiles to the children in our communities.  If you are interested in helping HSP make a difference in their lives, check out our website:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

STEPS Volunteers Step up to the Plate

HSP would like to recognize volunteers from School District 204’s STEPS program who graciously volunteered their time today. These 14 volunteers spent part of their morning helping us sort non-perishable food for the local families in need served by our Christmas Offering program. With our Christmas Offering just two months away, things are certainly starting to bustle around HSP, and we are thankful for these STEPs volunteers for generously giving their time to contribute to HSP’s efforts.

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, our volunteer needs really grow at HSP, particularly in the month of December. If you, or a group you’re involved in, would be interested in helping out, like this great group from District 204’s STEPS program, give HSP a call at 630-221-8340.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

“Power Paws” and The Young Men’s Service League Volunteer at HSP

Volunteers from the Panther Chapter of the Young Men's Service League
          HSP has had the pleasure of having volunteer groups join us today and yesterday to help us prepare for our Christmas Offering.  Yesterday, the Wiesbrook Elementary fifth grade “Power Paws” volunteered in two shifts.  The first shift was in the morning with twelve children and three chaperones, and the second shift was in the afternoon, this time with five children and two chaperones.  “Power Paws” helped sort non-perishable food for needy families enrolled in our Christmas Offering, which provides 150 families with 250 pounds of groceries each.  These groups were very enthusiastic about working to help the people we serve.  The “Power Paws” first volunteered at HSP last year, and they are always a pleasure to have here.
          Not willing to let the younger kids have all the fun, our friends from the Panther Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL), will be joining us to help us again in

sorting food for the families in our Christmas Offering.  The Young Men’s Service League is a mother and son service group.  The Carol Stream Panther Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League has always been very generous in giving their time to HSP; they are a huge help around Christmas and in Summer, and we are so thankful for all they do for the people we serve.
          HSP would like to thank all the volunteers from “Power Paws” and YMSL; without you, we couldn’t serve as many people as we do.  Your service is changing the lives of so many to make the holidays brighter for families in need.
          HSP needs volunteers for the month of December, so if you are interested in learning more about how you can volunteer at HSP, please visit our website at, or email us at  And once again, thank you to our wonderful volunteers from “Power Paws” and YMSL of Carol Stream:  you rock!

Monday, October 13, 2014

DuKane A.B.A.T.E Toy and Food Run

ABATE's charity coordinator Jennifer Hantosh (left) with Kristin
HSP received a very generous donation of food and toys this past Sunday at the DuKane A.B.A.T.E’s 28th annual Toy and Food Run.  Kristin Maxwell, HSP’s Executive Director, represented us at the event, where the HSP cargo van was loaded full of food and toys for the needy seniors, children, and families we serve.
            A.B.A.T.E, or A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education,
is, as described on their website, “a motorcyclists rights organization dedicated to preserving motorcycle, off-road, & ATV riders’ rights through education, safety, awareness, and political activities.”
            A.B.A.T.E’s Toy and Food Run is suburban Chicagoland’s largest Toy Run Parade, and this year’s Toy and Food Run definitely lived up to its title of  the “Grandaddy of all Toy Runs;” 2,000 people participated in the Toy and Food Run, and 14 local charities benefitted from this event.  Attendees were asked to donate an unwrapped toy or a non-perishable food item as part of their admission to the event. 
The Toy and Food Run put on by the DuKane Chapter of A.B.A.T.E featured a parade led by Santa that started in Elburn, with riders going all the way to the Batavia VFW on Route 25.  The event included a bike show, vendor booths, musical performances, and lots of great food.  This year, A.B.A.T.E received the most donations of toys and food they’ve ever had in the 28 years they’ve been putting on this event, making it a huge success.
HSP is very grateful for the generosity that was shown by the attendees of the Toy and Food Run, and we can’t thank the DuKane Chapter of A.B.A.T.E enough for choosing us as one of the local charities that would benefit from this great event.  If you would like to learn more about the DuKane Chapter of A.B.A.T.E, please visit their website at  Once again, thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the event, and to A.B.A.T.E for putting on the Toy and Food Run; your support means the world to all of us here at HSP, along with all the people we serve.  

Friday, October 10, 2014

Glenbard South High School Volunteers at HSP

Today we happily welcomed back our regular volunteers from the Transitions class from Glenbard South High School. This group volunteers almost every month to build vocational skills and to give back to the community. We had nine volunteers from the group who graciously spent over an hour and a half sorting canned fruits and vegetables that will be given to needy families at Christmas time. The Transitions class always shows up in high spirits ready to serve whenever they join us here at HSP. We’d like to thank them for doing so much to help us reach out to seniors and families in need!