Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Marathon We Are Happy to Run (metaphorically)

We at the Humanitarian Service Project are still in the throes of our marathon Christmas Offering distribution. We have had over 75 needy families who requested to be on our Christmas Offering waiting list come to our center in Carol Stream today to pick up Christmas gifts for their children age 3-15. However, we still aren’t calling it quits after this crop, we will have dozens of more needy families from the waiting list coming in the next two days. We want to thank all of our wonderful volunteers and donors who have made it possible for us to reach so many needy families this Christmas. This Christmas HSP has been able to provide for roughly 1600 needy children (400 more than last year.) We want to thank all of our supporters from the bottom of our hearts, because it is only because of all of you that we have been able to make a positive impact in the lives of so many people who need it.

We want to bring special recognition to one of the groups who have helped us recently make our Christmas Offering possible. Last night, 42 members of the UIC College Prep Marine Corps JROTC came in with over 200 toys and with hearts ready to work. Our Toy Room organizer Jan Thompson said, “It was one of the biggest thrills of my life, watching 42 marine cadets stream into that tiny room and sort all of those toys so fast.” We want to thank the UIC JROTC, and all of our other wonderful donors and volunteers, for making our Christmas Distribution days this year such wonderful successes.

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