Thursday, December 8, 2011

Strength in Numbers and in Heart

Many people who study ants (that’s Myrmecologists for you trivia buffs) became fascinated with ants because of their ability for team work. A group of ants can move objects many thousands of times heavier than any individual ant by working together. Many people consider this a marvel of the animal kingdom. While we at Humanitarian Service Project do not wish to offend any ants, or any myrmecologists, we think the teamwork that ants are capable of does not hold a candle to the work our volunteers can accomplish by working together. Through all of their hard work, they have accomplished tasks infinitely more impressive than anything observed by any Myrmecologist. It is only through them that HSP manages to reach out to all of the needy families and senior citizens we serve both for Christmas and year-round.

HSP has had so many groups coming in recently to help make our Christmas Offering run smoothly. We want to thank each and every one of them, for their heartfelt service, as well as call attention to the groups who have been in, in the last few days:

A group of 5 from General Mills, who helped sort Christmas gifts as well as a number of other tasks in our warehouse.

A group of 12 students and their chaperones from Geneva High School who, among other tasks, helped us prepare for our monthly Senior Delivery Day this Saturday during which the 120 needy seniors in our Senior Citizen project each receive 90 pounds of groceries.

The Direct Action Club of Downer’s Grove North High School who came in with a very generous donation of gifts for 150 needy children and 25 needy senior citizens, which they themselves sorted in our warehouse as well as assisting in our toy room, and other tasks.

5 volunteers from Kohl’s in Wheaton, who helped sort and organize toys in our upstairs toy room.

9 volunteers from longtime friend of HSP, United Stationers who helped organize our warehouse to store all of the gifts for the needy children we will be serving this Christmas.

And, last but not least, 14 pharmaceutical students from Midwestern University who did a number of tasks in our warehouse including organize the toys already brought in by our wonderful donors for the needy children we serve.

Again, we want to thank, not only these groups, but all of the volunteers who help things run smoothly around here at HSP. Without you, we would never be able to make Christmas a special time for all of those we serve.

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