Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Waubonsie Valley High School Goes on a “Tear” with Paper Drive Donation

Yesterday, Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora gave the Humanitarian Service Project a huge donation of paper products for the sake of the needy seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project. The school-wide drive was sponsored by the Student Council, who reached out to staff and their fellow students to donate paper towels, tissues, and toilet paper.  Paper products are important because they provide a way for the seniors to maintain proper hygiene. These products were picked up at Waubonsie by HSP’s volunteers Mike Reich and Larry Erven.  Upon arriving at the school, the students helped load the vans with the collected products, which was quite a good thing due to the size of the drive. Waubonsie had such an incredible turnout for the drive, that they literally stuffed HSP’s two cargo vans to their brims with paper products. 
The school also did a large and generous paper drive last year, and HSP thinks that this year’s paper donation exceeds the mark Waubonsie set previously. 
When it was all said and done, 4 large cardboard lugs were overflowing with the paper goods, in our warehouse.  There was so much from the Waubonsie donation that HSP needed an additional pallet to hold the entirety of the donation.

We here at HSP are grateful for Waubonsie’s generous donation of paper products. HSP thanks all of the students and volunteers who helped make Waubonsie’s paper product drive so successful for a second consecutive year. If you are interested in donating or volunteering for Humanitarian Service Project, call us at 630-221-8340, or visit our website at http://humanitarianservice.org/getinvolved/Paper%20Drive%20Flyer.pdf

Monday, April 29, 2013

HSP Salutes our Monday Morning Volunteer Team

Foreground (left to right) Bob and Sue Mancini, Dawn Spiewak
and Marilyn Kinney of our Monday team

Today was a day of celebration and merriment at HSP, as we were excited to recognize the members of our Monday Morning Food Sorting Team with an appreciation lunch. These volunteers come in every Monday morning bright and early, rain or shine, to sort the hundreds of pounds of groceries, paper products, and other items that we deliver to needy seniors each month. By doing so, our Monday Morning volunteers play such an integral role in enabling HSP to provide over 6 tons of greatly needed groceries to 121 needy seniors each month.

(Left to Right) Roy Thon, Mike Baumgartner, and (background)
Mike Bolsoni of the Monday Team.

            As a token of our gratitude, HSP honored these hardworking volunteers with a pasta lunch. It was a scene of happiness and laughter when theses volunteers could all sit down at a table and share a meal together. HSP relies heavily on volunteers who come in on their own accord to lend a helping hand to those in need. This group of volunteers in particular has been coming in every Monday, many of them for several years. The hard work and dedication of these individuals is a testament to their goal of making the lives of the seniors better. We at HSP are truly grateful for their commitment and are glad to show our appreciation.

            If you are interested in joining our Monday Morning Food Sorters make a positive difference in the lives of others, contact HSP at 630-221-8340.

Friday, April 26, 2013

National Honors Student Collects 115 Books for Needy Kids

Yesterday Humanitarian Service Project received a wonderful donation of new books collected by Jackie Busman, a National Honors Society student at Bartlett High School. For her National Honors Society service project, Jackie decided to run a book drive which she dubbed “Focus on Reading,” to benefit needy children and teens in our communities. In order to get a strong response for her drive, Jackie got permission to collect books at different locations in her hometown of Bartlett, and the surrounding area. Books were collected, from March 6-30, at the Bartlett Public Library, Bartlett Community Center, Poplar Creek Library’s Main Branch, Poplar Creek Library’s Sonya Crenshaw Branch, Hanover Township Town Hall, and the Hanover Township Senior Center. Jackie managed to collect over 220 books, 115 of which were donated to HSP for the needy children we serve. The other books from the drive were donated to the Hanover Township Astor Avenue Community Center.

            Jackie stated in a letter she gave us that she was inspired to do this drive because of the important role books played for her during her childhood. She said, “Hopefully, books collected through this project will help allow less fortunate children discover the diverse world and excitement of reading.” We at HSP think Jackie certainly has accomplished her goal, and that she is right on the money. Books play an incredibly important role in the development of children, which is why we provide 6 new books to all 900 needy children enrolled in our Children’s Birthday Project. We wish to thank Jackie for organizing this fantastic drive, and applaud her on her efforts to expose needy children to the world of reading.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thank You Glenbard South Volunteers

Today the Humanitarian Service Project was fortunate enough to receive some great assistance from a group of 10 volunteers from Glenbard South High School’s Special Education program. This group of students and teachers kindly spent two hours of their day sorting bread into categories: (rye, wheat, white, cinnamon, bagels, hamburger and hot dog buns,) and non-perishables for the needy seniors served by our Senior Citizen Project. The Glenbard South volunteers sorted a whole month’s worth of bread for the 121 seniors in this program and several hundred pounds of non-perishables as well. We wish to thank them for their hard work.

Lori Heggen, a special education teacher at Glenbard South, let us know that she and her students volunteered their time with us today as part of the “Community Based Instruction” component of their curriculum. A key part of Community Based Instruction is teaching the students about ways they can actively participate in serving the needy of the community. We at HSP are grateful that Lori and her students decided to spend some of this Community Based Instruction time enabling us to provide greatly needed relief to the impoverished seniors in our program.

With the preparation for our Feed the Kids program starting soon, HSP will need more hard working and enthusiastic volunteer groups, like this one, for the sake of the needy seniors, children, and families we serve. If you have a group interested in volunteering on a weekday from May 20th onward, please call HSP at 630-221-8340.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Carload of Care Items for Needy Seniors!

Yesterday, the Humanitarian Service Project received a full carload of personal care items for the needy seniors we serve from Insight, Inc in Bloomingdale. The business ran a drive to collect these items from April 1st to April 12th. Ellen Scott from Insight even shared with us the company wide announcement used to advertise the drive. The flyer encouraged Insight employees to play a role in making sure our seniors “are well cared for.” The flyer certainly was effective, because the drive came in the form of nine oversized boxes, which were completely crammed full of personal care items for the seniors. Some examples of these items include soap, lotion, tooth paste, laundry detergent, vitamin supplements, and Kleenex.

            HSP provides a full “Personal Care Kit” to all 121 needy seniors in our Senior Citizen Project, every three months. With necessities like rent and medical expenses stretching the seniors’ low incomes, they have no means to purchase the items they need to live healthily. Providing these care kits to the seniors equips them with all the products necessary to maintain the hygienic lifestyle we all deserve. Insight’s drive will help us fulfill this need of the impoverished seniors in our project. If you to would like to help reach needy with these personal care items we are most in need of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and bar soap. You can learn more on our website: http://humanitarianservice.org/getinvolved/SENIOR_CARE_KITS.pdf

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

34 Boxes and 5 Bags of Much Needed Food from Downers Grove North!

Today, Humanitarian Service Project received a fantastic food drive from the students at Downers Grove North High School! The drive was a school-wide event sponsored by the school’s Direct Action Club. The Direct Action Club was motivated to run the drive after hearing of our Feed the Kids program, which provides nutrition during the summer months to needy children who have no access to healthy food when school is not in session. This wonderful drive is just the latest in a long list of generous support from Downers Grove North and the Direct Action Club, led by their advisor Karen Brown, who have been longtime friends of HSP. They annually support a number of the needy children and senior citizens through our Christmas Offering each December.

The food collected by Downers Grove North was dropped off by Karen Brown and Lisa Mangelsdorf, teachers at the school, with several students. It sure was great to have students to help unload the collected food from the bus, because the school managed to collect an incredible amount of food for the needy. The students and faculty of Downers Grove North filled a whopping 34 boxes and 5 bags full of non-perishable food through the drive. We wish to thank the Direct Action Club, and everyone else who participated in the drive.

Every month HSP distributes over 6 tons of groceries to needy seniors. In addition to this, almost 9 tons are distributed every month in June, July, and August, to the needy families served by our Feed the Kids program. It is food drives, like this wonderful one from Downers Grove North, that allows HSP to continue to provide these life changing services to those in need. If you too would like to help out, you can learn more at our website: http://humanitarianservice.org/getinvolved/FoodItemNeeded.pdf

Monday, April 22, 2013

NJWC Fashion Show a Big Success

Last week’s storm left HSP without the ability to update our blog for several days, but that certainly didn’t stop noteworthy events from happening. Among the many exciting things that happened in the past few days was the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club Fashion Show! The show was the club’s 40th annual fashion show, which was held at the Drury Lane Theater on Saturday the 20th. The show’s theme was Four Decades through Hollywood, and featured fashions from local stores and designers modeled by children, members of the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club, and professional models. As the chosen charity for the club’s Community Improvement Project, some of the funding from this event will go directly to the needy seniors and children served through our many projects.

            On top of all the fashions being displayed, the event also included a lunch, a silent auction, a raffle, and after party. Kristin Maxwell, HSP’s Assistant Executive Director, said the silent auction was “absolutely huge” with more than 100 different items. The raffle was also very exciting with grand prizes being spa packages, diamond earrings, a fur, and more. Over 400 people attended the show including Naperville Mayor George Pradel. The Naperville Junior Woman’s Club really went to great lengths to put on such an amazing event. As one of the benefactors of the event HSP wants to thank issue a huge thank you to them, and everyone who made the event such a success!  

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Thank You, Benet Academy

Today HSP received a phenomenal food drive from the students and faculty at Benet Academy in Lisle. A lone Benet Academy bus braved the rain to drop the food off at HSP’s Center today, packed full of non-perishable food for the needy seniors in our Senior Citizen Project. A teacher at Benet, Jackie Bedour, got together with several of her colleagues when she heard of the great needs of the seniors in the program. They decided to offer some extra credit points to students who brought in canned goods, or other non-perishables. These teachers certainly know how to motivate their students, as the bus was absolutely chalk full of donations. We wish to thank the students and teachers at Benet Academy for responding to the call to action, helping us provide nutritious food to very needy seniors.

Benet Academy’s donation came at the perfect time, as we are currently preparing to deliver 100 lbs. of nutritious groceries to each of the 121 needy seniors in our program this Saturday. With HSP delivering over 6 tons of groceries to meet the nutrition needs of these impoverished seniors every month, food drives, like this one, are always needed to keep our pantry shelves full of the food these seniors need to maintain a healthy diet. Among the items that are always in most demand are soups, peanut butter, jelly, and main meal kits (like Hamburger Helper, etc.) The non-perishable foods donated by Benet Academy will help us full the needs of several needy and deserving seniors. If you too would like to help HSP reach these seniors by donating food, you can learn more at our website: http://humanitarianservice.org/getinvolved/FoodItemNeeded.pdf.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Gregory Middle School Runs Successful Fundraiser for Needy Kids

HSP would like to thank two teams of 6th graders from Gregory Middle School, who raised $200 for the needy children in our Children’s Birthday Project. In a creative way to both encourage learning and raise money for the needy, the students collected 1,000 books and sold them to other students, teachers, and staff at the school. According to Julie Lis, a sixth grade teacher at Gregory, the students of teams 6-2 and 6-4 were inspired to give the money to the needy children in our project, based on the recommendation of Laurie Bruder , the school’s Student Council advisor. HSP wishes to thank the students who participated in this fantastic fundraiser, as well as Julie and Laurie for the roles they played in getting the students organized.

Running a book sale for the sake of the needy kids in our Children’s Birthday Project sure is appropriate, as, among the other gifts they receive, each child in the program receives 6 new books to promote good reading habits. This fundraiser is just the most recent generous contributions the students at Gregory Middle School have made for the sake of the needy children we serve. Just last fall, the student council ran a toy drive to provide birthday gifts to the children in the project, which has become an annual tradition at the school. We wish to thank everybody at Gregory Middle School for their enduring support. If you too would like to help HSP serve the needs of local children, you can learn ways to do so on our website: www.humanitarianservice.org .

Monday, April 15, 2013

Community Food Drive Brings in 4064 lbs. of Groceries!

This past Saturday, April 13th, was a busy day around Carol Stream, as it was the day of the community-wide food drive. This event, coordinated by the Rotary Club of Carol Stream, benefited the food pantries of the area, and HSP. Many service clubs, organizations, businesses, neighborhoods, and individuals participated in the drive making it a resounding success. As one of the recipients of the drive, HSP received a whopping 4064 lbs. of non-perishable food, and other items! These groceries will be distributed directly to needy senior citizens served by our programs. HSP would like to thank the Rotary Club of Carol Stream, and everyone who participated in the event. We also would like to issue a huge thank you to the Western DuPage Special Recreational Association (WDSRA) for storing the donated groceries in their bus, and delivering them to HSP’s Center this morning.

When it arrived, the WDSRA’s bus was absolutely crammed full of non-perishable foods, like soups, peanut butter, cereals, canned vegetables, and more. The donations also included plenty of paper products, and other non-food it

ems that are greatly needed the seniors in our Senior Citizen Project. With HSP delivering over 6 tons of groceries to needy seniors every month, food drives like this are the lifeblood of our efforts to serve the needy in our communities. Again we wish to recognize everyone who participated in this outstanding drive, and specifically longtime friend of HSP Luanne Triolo Newman, for spearheading the event.

Friday, April 12, 2013

A Divine Donation from Divine Savior

Yesterday, Humanitarian Service Project received a very generous food drive from our longtime friends at Divine Savior Parish in Downers Grove. Divine Savior runs food drives every few months to benefit the needy senior citizens and families served by our programs. Rich Patera, a member of the Parish and regular HSP volunteer, picked up the drive and delivered it to HSP’s Center. Rich explained his amazement yesterday, when he arrived at Divine Savior with his four-door sedan and realized that there was no way he could fit all of the collected food in there. He returned to the church with an SUV, and, still, the food barely fit. We wish to thank everyone at Divine Savior who participated in the drive, and wish to specifically thank Rich for delivering it to our Center.

            Divine Savior’s generous drive came at a particularly great time. As we begin to prepare for our Feed the Kids program, we are participating in the “Feinstein Challenge.” This is an annual event run by the Feinstein Foundation, in which they split $1,000,000 between charities throughout the country dedicated to combating hunger. The portion of this money that HSP receives for the sake of the impoverished seniors, children, and families we serve, is directly related to the amount of food we receive by April 30th. Again, we wish to thank Divine Savior Parish for supporting us with this phenomenal food drive.

If you too would like to help HSP in the Feinstein Challenge, just drop of non-perishable food or monetary donations to HSP’s office by the end of the month! 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Happy Birthday, Bridget!

It’s a special day at the Humanitarian Service Project, as we are celebrating the birthday of one of the members of the HSP team, Bridget Dooley. Those of you who have visited the HSP Center have, no doubt, received a cheery welcome from Bridget, and today is our opportunity to give back a little of the happiness and joy Bridget so selflessly spreads to others. Whether it be welcoming volunteers, or serving parents coming to pick up the “Birthday Boxes” for the needy children in our Children’s Birthday Project, Bridget always makes sure to share a smile with everyone she meets. This, in addition to the many other qualities that make Bridget special, are the reasons we want to make Bridget’s birthday memorable.

HSP’s staff and interns all got together this afternoon for lunch, to recognize Bridget on her special day. Even magnanimous on her birthday, Bridget didn’t seem to mind when many of HSP’s staff members sang “Happy Birthday” off key, or when we violated her “less is more” decoration policy. Bridget brings a sunny spirit with her wherever she goes, and we hope today brings her all the happiness she deserves. Please join us in wishing Bridget a Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

HSP Gets Ready to Feed the Kids

While it is not particularly warm outside, HSP is already thinking about summer, specifically our summertime program, Feed the Kids. Through Feed the Kids, HSP provides 100 of the neediest families in the area, with 175 lbs. of nutritious groceries, each month, during the months of June, July, and August. With over 26 tons of food distributed to needy families by this program each year, plenty of time is needed to prepare. For that reason, today, HSP rented a large truck to transport nine pallets of healthy non-perishables, like canned fruits and vegetables, soups, meal kits, etc., from Northern Illinois Food Bank to HSP’s Center. HSP wishes to thank volunteers Jeff Marker and Tom Hogan for driving the truck and making the delivery.
            While this amount of food sure seems like a lot, it is only the start of HSP’s efforts to provide needy, local children with the nutrition they need during the summertime. In order to meet the needs of the 100 impoverished families served by the program, HSP needs service-minded members of the community to get involved. Supporters can help HSP serve these families, by collecting food to contribute to the project. Among the biggest needs are items like hearty soups, peanut butter, jelly, and meal kits (like Hamburger Helper.) Financial support is also needed, to purchase fresh produce and other vitamin-rich food for each family.

            For children who rely on subsidized school lunches during the school year, the summer represents a time of insufficient access to nutrition. Through the Feed the Kids program, HSP endeavors to provide for these children. You can learn more ways to support the program at HSP’s website: http://humanitarianservice.org/whatwedo/feedthekids.html

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

HSP Welcomes a New Intern!

Humanitarian Service Project would like to introduce the newest member of our bright, intern team, Karima Daboub. Karima is in the Master of Public Health program at Benedictine University, and will be working at HSP to complete a research project over the next two months, before she graduates. For her project, Karima will be studying ways to allow better access to healthy food for low-income individuals. With our Senior Citizen Project, and other programs, geared towards providing nutrition to the neediest in our communities, we feel Karima’s project is a perfect fit, and we are glad to be hosting her at HSP.

Karima is originally from Libya, and has lived in the US for five years with her husband, 12-year-old daughter, and 9-year-old son. When she graduates, Karima will return to Libya, where she plans to utilize the fruits of her research working for the public health department, and as a teacher in Medical School (she is also a physician.) When not working on earning her Master’s Degree, Karima enjoys cooking and reading. She spends much of her reading time reading books in Arabic with her children, to ensure they maintain the language skills they will need when they return to Libya. HSP is grateful to have Karima joining our intern team, and look forward to the ways her research will help the needy seniors and families in our programs, as well as the other needy people Karima plans to serve in they future. Please join us in welcoming Karima to HSP.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Thank You, St. Walter School!

HSP staff member Jan Thompson, sorting the donation
from St. Walter Catholic School

Last week sure ended with a bang at HSP, with a very generous donation from St. Walter Catholic School in Roselle, being delivered at the tail end of Friday afternoon. As a service project, students at the school collected party supplies and birthday gifts for the needy children served by our Children’s Birthday Project. Pat Peppers, a teacher at the school who helped organize the drive, said that inspiration for the drive was getting the students at the school engaged in helping needy children their own age. The students at the school clearly took the idea and ran with it. They collected enough to absolutely stuff an entire mini van full of party supplies and toys for needy kids.

Pat had estimated that the drive would make about 50 “party in a bag kits” for needy children, but, when all was said and done, the donation was on an even grander scale. Not only did the donation feature tons of party supplies (cake mix, frosting, plates, hats, balloons, party favors, etc.) but they also donated many wonderful new toys, action figures, games, and other birthday gifts for the children. Seeing the donation from St Walter School spread out in our warehouse, HSP Assistant Executive Director, Kristin Maxwell, commented that it looked “just like Christmas.” We at HSP want to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone at St. Walter School who participated in this drive. This outstanding donation will assist HSP in making birthdays special for dozens of the 900 needy children in our program.

Friday, April 5, 2013

A Donation from the Heart for the Sake of Art

The supplies will be arranged into “Arts and Craft Kits”
for individual children, as seen here.

Today Humanitarian Service Project was excited to receive a generous donation of Arts and Craft supplies from the Woman’s Society of 1st Congregational Church in Western Springs. This group meets on a monthly basis, and actively engages in service projects to serve the needy of the community. HSP is very grateful that the group opted to do a project to serve the needy children in our Children’s Birthday Project, collecting art supplies like colored pencils, watercolors, glitter glue, and numerous types of coloring books and art supplies for them. When all was said and done, these ladies collected nine bags chalk full of these wonderful supplies.

            This is only the most recent in a list of many donations the Woman’s Society has made to the needy seniors and children enrolled in our programs. Last year around this time, they created “care kits” full of personal care items for the seniors in our Senior Citizen Project. The art supplies these ladies have donated this time around, will surely bring a lot of joy to the needy children we serve, as well as stimulate their creativity. We at HSP wish to thank everyone in the Woman’s Society of 1st Congregational Church for organizing and making this great donation, and all the support they have given HSP over the years for the sake of seniors and children in need.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Computers Given to Needy Seniors

HSP intern David with some donated computer equipment.

Today, Humanitarian Service Project was happy to deliver computers to two of the needy seniors enrolled in our Senior Citizen Project. For many of us, it is hard to think about what life would be like without a personal computer. However, the needy seniors we serve are already struggling to make ends meet dealing with necessities like rent, so purchasing a computer is far beyond their means. For this reason, we at HSP are glad to have been able to provide these computers, knowing that they will be of enormous help to the seniors that received them.

The computers today were delivered to the seniors by HSP volunteer Bernie Bartelli. Throughout the past few weeks, Bernie and two other great supporters of HSP, Mike Reich and Dick Adamo, have graciously given their time preparing donated computers to be given to needy seniors. HSP wishes to thank these three for all their generous support, enabling us to provide these seniors with computers. Of course, we also wish to thank all of those who have donated computers and computer equipment for our seniors, as well.

Donated computers will be very helpful to our needy seniors, providing new avenues of communication and other useful functions. If you have a computer you no longer use, please consider donating it to HSP for a needy senior. We also get a lot of requests for laptops, from seniors who would have too much difficulty sitting in front of a desktop. Please call HSP at 630-221-8340 with any questions you may have.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Thank You, School of Expressive Arts and Learning

Today Humanitarian Service Project had the pleasure of hosting a group of ten volunteers from the School of Expressive Arts and Learning in Lisle. This group of eight students and their two teachers, spent over an hour and a half this morning, sorting through paper products. The bags of paper products made by this group will be delivered later this month, to the 121 needy senior citizens served by our Senior Citizen Project. The School of Expressive Arts and Learning goes to great lengths to stress the importance of volunteering to its students. Students from the school regularly volunteer at non-profit organizations throughout the community to help serve those in need. HSP previously hosted a volunteer group from the school in December, who lent their support to our annual Christmas Offering. We were happy to host this great group of volunteers again, and are thankful for their continued support.
The paper products sorted by the volunteers from the School of Expressive Arts and Learning will go to fulfill the needs of the impoverished seniors in our project. Every month, as part of the 100 lb. grocery delivery they receive, HSP provides paper towels, toilet paper, and facial tissue to the seniors. Delivering these products enables the seniors to maintain the healthy and hygienic lifestyles they deserve, but cannot afford because of their modest incomes. HSP wishes to thank the School of Expressive Arts and Learning for playing a part in enabling HSP to reach needy seniors with these products.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Help HSP “Wrap Things Up” For Needy Kids

Humanitarian Service Project is looking for volunteers to help us wrap gifts for the needy children served in our Children’s Birthday Project. Among the roughly 900 children served through the project, 216 children attend Lake Park Elementary in Addison. Because of the great amount of need at the school (almost 90% of the student body relies on subsidized school lunches) HSP delivers birthday boxes to the children at the school every month. In mid-May, HSP has committed to delivering the gifts for these children to Lake Park, to give the school ample time to get the boxes out before summer break.

To accomplish this, HSP still needs to have the gifts for about 30 needy children, at the school, wrapped in the next couple of weeks. Here is how you can help out. Volunteers interested in wrapping gifts for needy children can call HSP, at 630-221-8340, to have some bags of wrapping put aside for them. Volunteers then can come and pick up the gifts, take them home, and wrap them up. We’ve had a number of great volunteer wrappers in the past who have wrapped gifts either by themselves, or as a family/group project.

Each bag of wrapping contains several new gifts and 6 new books for a needy child. The children we serve at Lake Park Elementary, and all the needy children in our Children’s Birthday Project, come from families who cannot afford to provide them with birthday gifts. In order to give these children the memorable birthdays they deserve, HSP provides each of them with a 20-25 lb. Birthday Box full of 6-10 new gifts, 6 new books, numerous smaller “filler gifts,” and a “party in a box” full of all the supplies needy for an exciting birthday party. Wrapping gifts is a great way for you to be a part of providing birthday smiles to these needy kids!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Volunteer Spotlight: HSP’s Monday Morning Food Sorters

Today, Humanitarian Service Project would like to recognize a group of volunteers who have generously given so much of their time and energy, our Monday Morning Food Sorters. Today, just like every Monday, these faithful volunteers arrived at our center to sort the bags of non-perishables, paper products, and frozen meat that we deliver monthly to the 121 needy senior citizens served by our Senior Citizen Project. With over 6 tons of nutritious groceries being delivered every month, the members of our Food Sorting team certainly play a large and important role in making a difference in the lives of these needy senior citizens.

While, at many places, Monday may be synonymous with crankiness, our Monday Food Sorters never fail to have smiles on their faces and hearts ready to serve. Many of the volunteers on our Monday team have been with us for years, and all of them have proven instrumental in enabling HSP to provide the seniors in our project with the nutritious food they so desperately need. We’d like to thank all of Monday Morning food sorters for their hard work and steadfast support.

If you’re free on Monday mornings and sorting for needy seniors sounds like a way you’d like to spend the morning, HSP is always looking for new volunteers for our friendly Food Sorters. If you’d like more information, please call HSP at 630-221-8340.