Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Birthday & Christmas Gifts Delivered to Schools

In partnership with two local schools, today HSP delivered gifts to needy children who are part of our Children’s Birthday Project and Christmas Offering programs.  Today marks the first delivery of gifts to our newest school partner, Army Trail Elementary in Addison.  As part of the Children’s Birthday Project, HSP delivered 41 birthday boxes for the neediest students at Army Trail.  Given to a severely impoverished child, each box contains 6-10 new toys and games, 6 books, school supplies, stuffed animals, and a complete party-in-a-bag kit that includes decorations, cake mix, and candles.

            We also made a visit to another partner school, Valley View Head Start in St. Charles.  There, our volunteers delivered 35 bags of Christmas gifts, and eight birthday boxes.  Aside from providing over 1,600 children and 123 senior citizens in DuPage and Kane counties with Christmas gifts, the Christmas Offering also supplies 150 needy families with 3-4 weeks of groceries, including fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats, non-perishables, and a turkey & holiday meal kit. 

At both schools, the children served by HSP all suffer under the weight and stress poverty brings.  Thanks to our delivery volunteers, Dean Senne and Jeff Marker, these children are able to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and Christmas.  Thanks to all of our supporters, including volunteers like Dean and Jeff, HSP is able to reach out to these children who otherwise would have nothing, at a time when every child should have special recognition.

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