Monday, January 10, 2011

15 Secret Pals Needed!

Do you know about our Secret Pals program for seniors?

Each month, when we deliver food to our needy seniors, we also deliver gifts from their “Secret Pals.” We match seniors up with Secret Pals and give each Secret Pal a wishlist from the senior along with a profile of that senior. The wishlist is a list of items that the senior would like, but can’t afford to buy. We ask that Secret Pals to purchase monthly items between $5 and $25 in value and either deliver or mail the gifts to us at HSP. When we package up the food for the senior delivery day each month we include any Secret Pal gifts. This gift not only gives the seniors a fun surprise, but also lets them know that someone cares for them and is thinking of them.

In order to become a Secret Pal we ask that you commit to bringing or mailing in a small gift once a month, before delivery day. If you’re worried that getting here once a month might become too hectic, you also have the option of bringing in several months’ worth of gifts at once, and we will be sure to distribute the gifts for the appropriate months. Another option is to send in a gift card as your gift for the month.

If you’re looking for examples of the types of items that may be on wishlists, they include: towels, washcloths, picture frames, sponges, cleaning supplies, slippers, sunglasses, hats, socks, moisturizing lotion, sunscreen, stationary, crafts, and puzzles.

We currently need 15 people to sponsor our seniors as Secret Pals in order to have a Secret Pal for each one of our seniors. If you are interested in becoming a Secret Pal or would like more information, please call Sarah Grindstaff, our Senior Citizen Project Coordinator at 630-221-8340, or email her at The Secret Pal program is very rewarding.
Your senior will feel good, and so will you!

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