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Lisle Kiwanis provide birthday gifts for needy children

The contents of a birthday box for a needy child in HSP's program.

The contents of a birthday box for a needy child in HSP's program.

 

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By Matthew McGahan

The Kiwanis Club of Lisle has donated $324 to the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) to sponsor 6 needy children in the DuPage County non-profit's Children's Birthday Project. The club has made supporting local children, and senior citizens in need, through their partnership with HSP an annual priority for almost two decades. These funds will provide these six needy children with a 20-25 lb birthday package, to make for a memorable and happy birthday. HSP's program serves 900 impoverished, local children with these boxes every year.

The 20-25 lb Birthday Box containing: school supplies, 6 new books, and 4-8 new toys, stuffed animals, and numerous smaller "filler gifts" and a "Party-In-A-Box" which contains all the necessary supplies to throw a birthday party including cake mix, frosting, streamers, balloons, utensils, and party favors. The children enrolled in the program, along with their siblings up to age 15, also receive a minimum of three gifts at Christmas through HSP's annual Christmas Offering. A number of the families served through the project also receive 3 weeks worth of nutritious groceries at Christmas time, and in the summer months to help combat hunger.

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The Kiwanis Club of Lisle supports the Children's Birthday Project, as part of their focus on serving the needs of individuals in and around the Lisle community. Other than HSP, the club also has relationships with other local charities including Sharing Connections, Pads, and Little Friends. They also engage in many of their own service projects in the community throughout the year such as, delivering food baskets to needy families for Thanksgiving and Christmas, hosting annual events for local children and senior citizens, and providing scholarships to Lisle students. The club meets at 7:30pm every Wednesday at the Lisle Hilton.

To find out more information about this organization visit their website: http://kiwaniscluboflisle.org/

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