The Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) of DuPage County is seeking monetary support from the community to help fund their annual Christmas Offering Project which provided food and gifts to local families, and senior citizens, in need. The charity, which serves the needy throughout DuPage and parts of Kane County, served gifts to over 1600 needy children through their Offering this year, and provided over 25 tons of food to needy families and senior citizens this Christmas. Among the food distributed, 150 needy families received 250 lbs of groceries each which included 15 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, 7 frozen meats, 7 loaves of Pepperidge Farm bread, a turkey, and 5 boxes of non-perishables weighing 25 pounds each. 150 additional families received also received a holiday meal. In the aftermath of the program, HSP is calling on members of the community willing to provide financial support to recoup the costs of the food donations.
Karole Kettering, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Humanitarian Service Project, speaking of the Christmas Offering, said, "In its 34 year history, the Christmas Offering has grown by leaps and bounds, in order to serve the neediest of the needy. The fact that the Offering has expanded to serve so many people in need, demonstrates just how powerful the community is when we join together." Those interested in supporting the Christmas Offering can contact HSP at 630-221-8340, or send donations to 465 Randy Road Carol Stream, IL 60188.
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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 Project, 1,616 children received gifts and 150 impoverished families received three weeks of groceries, frozen meats, and fresh produce. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides a monthly food delivery of 100 lbs. 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 provides 100 low-income families with groceries and fresh produce during the summer months. HSP conducts an annual school supplies drive that benefited a total of 5,200 children by giving supplies to the DuPage Back to School Fair and directly to schools and individual children.