Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thank You to YMSL and Church of the Cross Volunteers!

While our Feed the Kids Distribution Day was going on yesterday here at HSP, there was a lot more, as always, going on behind the scenes. While a large team of HSP staff and volunteers were in the warehouse and outside organizing and loading the hundreds of boxes of fresh produce, non-perishables, breads and frozen meats, there were equally important jobs taking place inside our center. We would like to recognize the Carol Stream Panther Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL), as well as a group of young volunteers from the Church of the Cross, located in Hoffman Estates, for volunteering their time to assist us in these important activities.

In addition to the group we hosted on Tuesday, the 3 volunteers from the Carol Stream Chapter of YMSL were here to lend a helping hand in the toy sorting department. This is a huge task, as every toy given out to the children enrolled in our Children’s Birthday Project program is catered specifically for age appropriateness, classification of toy, and gender. The folks from YMSL did a fantastic job of getting some of our toys sorted out into categories, so they’re ready to be packed up and given to a special child in our CBP program!
 (Volunteers from YMSL sorting toys)

(Volunteers from the Church of the Cross wrapping gifts) 

In addition to the volunteers from YMSL, we also received a peppy dose of youth and vigor from the volunteers from the Church of the Cross. These volunteers took on the next step for distributing toys in our CBP program, and they wrapped gifts. The wrapping paper, just like the gifts, is catered toward each individual child in the program. The group with the Church of the Cross was fantastic in completing a very substantial amount of gift wrapping for our needy children. The gifts look amazing! With each toy carefully selected and then tenderly wrapped, these gifts are sure to light up the faces of the children receiving them. 
(Group of volunteers from Church of the Cross wrapping gifts for children)

Clearly, our plate here at HSP is always full, and the success of our programs, and our ability to continue serving needy children and seniors, is made possible through our wonderful volunteers. We would like to send a huge thank you to the volunteers who helped us out yesterday from Church of the Cross and YMSL by sorting toys and wrapping gifts. Your efforts made a huge difference!

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