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McDonald's helps make needy children's birthdays special

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  • Party-In-A-Box kits donated by McDonald's Corp.

    Party-In-A-Box kits donated by McDonald's Corp.
    Humanitarian Service Project

Margaret Zieke

McDonald's Corporation headquarters in Oak Brook recently donated 100 Party-In-A-Box Kits to the Humanitarian Service Project for use in their Children's Birthday Project. HSP is grateful for all the support McDonald's has shown in fulfilling their mission. Since 2001 they have kindly donated not only Party-In-A-Box kits to HSP, but also school supplies and new toys for needy children.

The Working Mother's Council of McDonald's Corporation, along with Tania Patton, co-chair of the Community Services Committee, was instrumental in organizing the Party-In-A-Box donations. Every year the council and its committees hold volunteering events as part of their dedication to giving back to their community, and this year HSP was a recipient of their support. In total, McDonald's and the Working Mother's Council have donated 200 Party-In-A-Box kits to HSP in this year of 2012.

Party-In-A-Box kits are an integral part of the Children's Birthday Project, which serves 900 needy children in DuPage County. Each child will receive a Party-In-A-Box kit containing party supplies on their birthday, along with a 20-25 lb Birthday Box containing school supplies, 6 new books, and 6-12 new toys. Each Party-In-A-Box contains cake mix, frosting, streamers, balloons, utensils, and party favors. Many children with parents who lack financial resources feel left out when they hear classmates talking about their birthday, but thanks to the generosity of McDonald's Corporation and the Working Mother's Council, 100 more children will have the experience of a joyful, happy, and special birthday.

Contact HSP or by telephone, 630-221-8340.

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HSP 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

About The Humanitarian Service Project

HSP's mission is to alleviate the pain and suffering that poverty creates in seniors and children living in DuPage and Kane Counties, Illinois. Last year during the Christmas Offering, 1,600 children received gifts and 100 impoverished families received three weeks of groceries, frozen meats, and fresh produce. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides monthly food deliveries of 100 pounds including fresh produce, frozen meats, non-perishables, paper products and secret pal gifts to 120 low-income seniors. The Children's Birthday Project reaches the youngest underprivileged, making birthdays and Christmas truly memorable occasions for 900 children. Feed the Kids program provides 100 low-income families with groceries and fresh produce worth $1,500 retail in total for the summer. HSP conducts an annual school supplies drive, which sends supplies to the DuPage Back to School Fair in addition to furnishing schools and individual children with necessary supplies.