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updated: 10/11/2012 9:15 AM

Help Comes Through for Needy Kids & Seniors

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  • Fresh produce, bread, and non-perishables waiting to go out to needy seniors

    Fresh produce, bread, and non-perishables waiting to go out to needy seniors
    Humanitarian Service Project

Margaret Zieke

The Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club of Glen Ellyn and Wheaton recently donated $500 to the Humanitarian Service Project of DuPage County. Pi Beta Phi is a national women's fraternal organization, dedicated to intellectual development, leadership, and community service. The Glen Ellyn/Wheaton Club, which consists of Pi Beta Phi members in the Glen Ellyn/Wheaton area, is headed by President Chelle Miller. The Glen Ellyn/Wheaton club was recognized by the national Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women as a "Club of Excellence", most recently in 2011. Alumnae organizations, such as the Glen Ellyn/Wheaton Alumnae, allow Pi Beta Phi graduates an opportunity to continue in their pursuit of friendship and philanthropy, as reflected by this donation.

Pi Beta Phi Alumnae's donation will be put directly to use, feeding and caring for the needy of DuPage County. Two of the flagship projects the money will be put towards include the Children's Birthday Project (CBP) and the Senior Citizen Project (SCP), both of which aim to alleviate hunger and need in the lives of impoverished children and seniors in the community.

There are 120 seniors currently enrolled in SCP, which provides needy area seniors with 90 pounds of groceries a month. Each senior receives over 15 selections of fresh fruits and vegetables, 7 frozen meats, 5 grocery bags of non-perishables, personal care products, and 2 bags of paper products, containing items such as toilet paper, tissues. CBP, which serves 875 needy children in DuPage County, provides a 20-25 pound Birthday Box containing school supplies, 6 new books, 6-12 new toys, and a Party-In-A-Box kit containing party supplies (streamers, cake mix, balloons, utensils, and party favors) to each child in the program on their birthday.

Contact the Humanitarian Service Project:

HSP's website: and the HSP's blog:

HSP 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.