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HSP shows how you can help a needy senior

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  • Three Secret Pal Gifts for seniors served by HSP.

    Three Secret Pal Gifts for seniors served by HSP.
    Humanitarian Service Project

Ashley Jones

The Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) is seeking "secret pals" to be paired with needy senior citizens from the community that will help to provide a gift to the senior on a monthly basis.

A thoughtful gift can make a huge difference in these seniors' lives. Many of our local seniors are facing economic and social hardship.

HSP provides much needed relief for 121 of these seniors through the Senior Citizen Project. Part of this project is the "Secret Pal" program in which donors provide a small gift to a senior each month.

Gifts can range in value from $5-$25 and include items to make to senior's life easier. Secret Pal gifts help the seniors to know someone cares. Being a secret pal is one of the ways to help the needy seniors in the community.

Commenting on the program, one of HSP's seniors stated, "I am very appreciative of the respect and help that has been shown to me because of everyone's kindness and compassion." Gifts can be mailed or dropped off to HSP's Carol Stream Center.

HSP provides 121 impoverished seniors in the Senior Citizen Project with monthly deliveries of 100 lbs. of groceries, which also include personal care items and paper products. The seniors also receive a monthly "Secret Pal" gift, gifts at Christmas time, and other much needed items on their "wish list". Interested community members should Contact HSP: or by telephone, 630-221-8340.

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

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 121 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.