By Neethu Elengical
Today, Humanitarian Service Project was able to help 157 families on our waiting list for Christmas gifts. This was in addition to the 709 children that we had already helped. On top of that we are trying to help all the people who are calling in asking for our help. We provided gifts for children between the ages of 3 and 15; with at least three gifts per each child. We were able to help children, who without our help would not have received any gifts this Christmas morning. In fact, six of the families we helped are currently living at Hope House, which is the DuPage Emergency Shelter, at Villa Park. We were also able to give brand new winter coats to the children who needed it due to the generous help of Willow Creek Church members. We are very thankful to all the volunteers who came in and helped us distribute all the wonderful presents.
Couple hours ago, I saw one of our volunteers bring out a pink bike and the look on the mom's face when she saw the bike was priceless. She looked really happy and said thank you for your help. I can't imagine how happy the little girl is going to be when sees this brand new pink bike. That look on the mom's face, I think, would make everyone happy who had worked here helping make this possible. Overall, I am very happy to play a very small part in helping make this a very Merry Christmas for so many people.