Those who read our blog this past Monday know that this week is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to acknowledge those who put their time and energy into reaching out to people in need. Earlier today at HSP, we were reflecting on all the volunteers who have mobilized in a myriad of ways to help us serve the needy seniors and children in our projects, and one such volunteer just so happened to pop in the door.
HSP would like to call your attention to Rose Garcia, founder of the DuPage County Chapter of the charity Birthday 4 Free. This year, for the first time in the history of our project, Rose and Birthday Cakes 4 Free have taken it upon themselves to donate birthday cakes for all 120 needy seniors served in our Senior Citizen Project. Rose stopped by today to drop off the nine cakes for the seniors in our project with April birthdays, and, let us tell you, they looked yummy. Rose told us that this month the cakes were donated by Whole Foods. Rose was very happy because the cakes were so well made, and everyone at Whole Foods seemed very happy to donate them. We know our seniors will be very excited too. Judi, one of our seniors who received a “Birthday Cakes 4 Free” cake last month, said, “I was so moved by it. I almost burst into tears when Jerry [a volunteer HSP driver] gave it to me.” We want to thank Rose, Whole Foods, and everyone else who has helped Birthday Cakes 4 Free with this wonderful service to our needy seniors.
Rose started the DuPage Chapter of Birthday Cakes 4 Free only a matter of months ago, and is looking for volunteers to help the chapter grow. Volunteers can help by baking, purchasing, or delivering cakes, or even by donating coupons. You can find more about the chapter here: http://www.facebook.com/Birthdaycakes4freeforDupageandKanecounties.