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.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SEAL and STEPS Volunteers

Food sorted by the volunteers from SEAL
At HSP, we appreciate all of the work our volunteers do. Over the past two days, we have had two volunteer groups assist in our warehouse. A group of volunteers from SEAL, short for School of Expressive Arts and Learning, came in yesterday and sorted non-perishable food for our Feed the Kids program. The students and staff from SEAL have graciously become regular volunteers, lending their support in a myriad of ways. Today, we had STEPS, which is a transition program in District 204. STEPS came in to sort bread for the seniors that are enrolled in our program. Over the last school year, the STEPS program students have become regular volunteers at HSP as well. We would like to thank them for their continued service to HSP and we look forward to seeing them again soon! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight: the Monday Food Sorting Team

With our Senior Citizen Project delivery day this Saturday, we wish to recognize some of the amazing volunteers who help us make these deliveries happen every month. More specifically, our Monday Food Sorting Team. Yesterday morning, like every Monday, they came in and volunteered. Every month the Monday team prepares the six bags of non-perishables as well as the frozen meat for every senior in our program. They are dedicated and we appreciate their service which ensures that when delivery day arrives, it runs smoothly. We could not do it without them! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Thank You First Congregational Woman's Society

HSP would like to thank The Woman’s Society of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs for running a spring service project creating 42 wonderful “Party in Bags” for needy children. On Friday, they dropped off these incredible kits. The Woman’s Society has done an annual spring service project the past several years for HSP. They have put together not only “Party in a Bag” kits in the past, but they have also donated personal care kits for the seniors as well as collecting toys for the kids enrolled in our program. Thanks to the generosity of The Woman’s Society of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs the children enrolled in our Children’s Birthday Project will celebrate very special birthdays.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy Birthday to Bridget!

Today was an exciting day at HSP as we took the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of one of the dynamite members of the HSP team, Bridget Dooley. Bridget does so much at HSP between coordinating our volunteers, helping to ensure our Children’s Birthday Project runs successfully, and so much more! She even goes out of her way to make cakes on everyone else’s birthdays, so we knew we had to make today special for her. HSP’s staff got together for lunch today to celebrate Bridget for being the superstar she is with a Hollywood themed birthday party.

We know many of you have gotten to know Bridget in here role as the smiling face of HSP. Please join us in wishing her an amazing birthday!