Monday, February 22, 2010

Kids Who Care

By: Kristen Lindholm, Intern

While 5th grader Noah Paras was reading last month's e-newsletter, the request for paper products for our Senior Citizen Project caught his eye. Noah decided to enlist the help of his neighbors in Aurora and organized a paper drive, attaching letters to paper bags and leaving them on neighbors doorsteps. His efforts resulted in a whopping 250 rolls of toilet paper and 80 boxes of Kleenex!

Not to be out done by his brother's efforts to give back to those in need, Noah's brother, 9-year- old Jack, brought along three boxes full of building sets and Legos for the Children's Birthday Project. Jack asked his friends to bring unwrapped toys to his birthday party, which he passed on to HSP. What's more, this is the fifth year in a row that Jack has done this. His mother, Jen, said "Jack started giving his birthday toys to HSP at the age of four - he was pretty insightful for a four-year-old!" Jack's generosity will make birthdays more fun for many children in CBP.

The Paras family came by last Friday to drop off their donations. Even soon to be four-year-old Joey did his part to help, unloading the mini van and bringing the donations into the warehouse!
Mother, Jen Paras, said "they truly enjoy helping HSP. Noah even gave a presentation to his classmates about HSP." The enthusiasm that the Paras children have for giving to others is contagious! They are truly a great example for all.

Picture: Top to bottom - brothers Noah, Jack, and Joey help unload donation!

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