Friday, December 19, 2014

Some Extra Help This Holiday Season

As our eventful week winds down, HSP is still busy distributing gifts to the families on our Christmas Waiting List. And while that is going on, we would like to take a moment to say thank you to some of our wonderful groups who have made generous donations. The first is Shinnyo-En Chicago who put together 24 personal care kits for the seniors in our SCP. They donated various hygiene items and assembled the kits as a service project. They even took the time to write some thoughtful notes for our seniors. Shinnyo-En has done service projects for our Christmas Offering and SCP the last 2 years years, and we are so grateful for their generous donation.

            Additionally, HSP would like to extend a huge thank you to members of the Science of Spirituality Center. This group put together a unique food drive for the sake of the families and seniors we serve. Members were given the opportunity to “shop” for the food and toy items while at the service center. Afterwards, all the food, toys, and money raised was donated to HSP! We are so appreciative to them for all their support during this holiday season.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Keeps on Coming at HSP!

HSP has been busy this past week with our gift and food distributions, and we’re not done yet! Today, volunteer drivers came by to pick up and deliver Christmas gifts to the 125 needy seniors in our program! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, all of the seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project received special Christmas gifts today. HSP extends a huge thank you to our drivers, donors, and to Ginna, our dedicated “Secret Pal” coordinator, who continues to help out by organizing all of the seniors’ Christmas gifts.

But it’s not just the seniors who received packages of Christmas joy today. HSP also started distributing gifts to the needy families on our Christmas waiting list! Today, tomorrow, and next week, families on that list will be picking up gifts and even some winter clothes for their children. As always, thank you so much to all who donated gifts. Your support continues to allow us to bring Christmas joy to those who deserve it most.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Army Trail and Lake Park Elementary Students Receive Christmas Gifts

Throughout this week and next week there are hundreds of underprivileged families who will be picking up Christmas gifts and groceries at HSP’s Center. Yesterday and today, we also had the pleasure of spreading holiday cheer by distributing Christmas gifts to children at Army Trail and Lake Park Elementary schools in Addison. In total, 235 children at these schools received at least 3 Christmas gifts. We wish to thank the friends of HSP who volunteered their time to help us distribute these gifts, and everyone who donated to make this distribution possible!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Offering Continues

Our Christmas Offering continued today with a second round of gift distributions. Another 150 needy families were provided with Christmas gifts for their children—at least 3 gifts for each child between the ages of 2 and 15! More than 50 people volunteered their time and resources to come help us out here at HSP by distributing and loading groceries and gifts. We truly appreciate all the support of our donors, volunteers, and the community in serving so many in need. HSP’s Offering will continue throughout Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 15, 2014

HSP’s Christmas Offering Begins!

On Saturday, HSP’s Christmas Offering started off with a bang as we distributed Christmas Gifts and more than 16 tons of groceries to 150 needy families. Each family received 2 boxes of fresh produce, 4 boxes of non-perishables, 7 selections of frozen meat, at least 4 loaves of bread, and a turkey. Every child in these families between the ages of 2 to 15 also received a minimum of 3 Christmas gifts! More than 90 volunteers donated their time on Saturday to help us distribute all of these groceries and gifts. We wish to thank all these volunteers, and the countless other individuals who have generously given either their time or resources to help make our Christmas Offering successful. We will be distributing Christmas gifts to more than 1000 other children through next week!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Offering Begins Tomorrow

The exciting and busy week here at HSP continues with our final preparations today for the start of our Christmas Offering! Tomorrow, HSP will once again be serving 150 families with Christmas gifts and 250 pounds of groceries apiece! Throughout the day, these families will be stopping by HSP to pick up these much needed groceries and wonderful gifts!

            In order to make sure everything is ready for tomorrow, several volunteer groups have come to HSP today to help us out. Volunteers from UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Kindercare, and Staples Advantage came to lend a hand sorting fresh produce, bread, gifts, and assisted with any other prep work needed. We are so thankful for all our volunteers for helping us ensure that these families have the food and gifts they need to help them celebrate this holiday season.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Toys under the Christmas Tree

As we at HSP are busy preparing to provide Christmas gifts to over 1600 impoverished children, we want to take a moment to thank all of those who generously donated gifts to make the program a success. At HSP we ensure that each child has at least 3 gifts to celebrate Christmas. This would not be possible without the hundreds of “giving tree” gifts that have come in from our wonderful supporters. In addition to these gifts, we also received very generous “toy drives” from Accurate Personnel, the Naperville Noon Lions Club, American Institutes for Research, and a number of other amazing supporters. Thanks so much for helping us spread Christmas joy to these deserving children and their families!

If you too would like to help HSP serve needy children this Christmas, there is still time to make toy donations. Our greatest need is for toys for children between the ages of 8-11. Call HSP at 630-221-8340 with any questions.