Friday, October 24, 2014

Lindop School District Gives Back

Lindop school district’s student council joined HSP today to volunteer in the warehouse. 15 students sorted food to be distributed to the needy seniors and families served by our Senior Citizen Project and Christmas Offering. It is great to see students giving back to the community. Volunteers do us a great service, for we cannot run our programs without them, and we are glad these students joined us today to play an active role in helping others. Volunteering can teach students about team building, making a difference and is an opportunity for them to learn more about themselves. We are excited to have Lindop’s students today and thank them for choosing to spend their Friday morning giving back at HSP.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Allured Business Media Senior Endowment Campaign Update

            The Senior Endowment Campaign sponsored by Allured Business Media has concluded and HSP is happy to announce that we met our goal. The donations from all those who participated and the matching funds from Allured will be used towards an endowment to enroll a married senior couple into our Senior Citizen Project (SCP) bringing the enrollment up to 125 seniors. The endowment will permanently provide life-saving groceries delivered to their door every month. We would like to thank Allured and everyone who donated for helping reach impoverished seniors in need. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Volunteers from Target

Today nine volunteers from the Target in Glendale Heights came to assist in sorting food for needy families in our Christmas Offering. The group spent 3 hours creating 100 boxes of non-perishable food in our warehouse. Many things take place here at HSP during the holiday season: nutritious food is distributed to 350 families and over 1,600 children receive gifts, along with the seniors enrolled in SCP. This means that Christmas is a busy time for us but it is also the time in which we make the most impact. We thank the Target volunteers for giving us a leg up in our preparation for this fast- paced time of year.       

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Food drive from Evergreen Elementary School

Evergreen Elementary School in Carol Stream recently completed a very generous food drive to support HSP. The students and staff at Evergreen enthusiastically conducted this food drive by collecting 16 boxes, totaling over 350 pounds of food. We are very thankful that Evergreen has taken the time to collect and donate non-perishables for the sake of those in need. We are in the preparation for our Christmas season here at HSP and this is when we are in the most need of food donations to serve impoverished senior citizens, children and their families. If you too would be interested in helping HSP out with food donations, you can visit our website at

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: