Recently, the students of Albright Middle School, in Villa Park, held a donation drive to provide toilet paper to needy senior citizens served by the Humanitarian Service Project, of DuPage County. The drive coincided with a visit from author, Chris Rylander, who visited the school earlier this month. Rylander's book series, The Fourth Stall, takes place primarily in a bathroom stall, providing the inspiration for the drive.
Anticipating Rylander's visit, Albright Middle School Librarian, Amy DeForrest, and Principal, Scott Jackson, created the drive to both get the students excited for the visit, as well as get them involved in a service project to help others. Principal Jackson acquired a toilet on loan from Home Depot and used it as a display for the drive. When the kids brought in their donated paper they would place it within and around the toilet display. This idea attracted a lot of excitement and attention from the students, as they collected hundreds of rolls of toilet paper.
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The donated toilet paper will go to impoverished local senior citizens served by HSP's Senior Citizen Project. The purpose of this program is to provide for the basic and nutritional needs of 121 needy, local seniors. HSP does so by providing monthly deliveries of 100 lbs of groceries to each of the 121 seniors in the program which include: selections of 7 fresh fruits and 8 vegetables, 7 frozen meats, 5 bags of non-perishable foods, 2 bags of paper products and personal care items.
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, 1,636 children received gifts and 150 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. 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.
Contact the Humanitarian Service Project:
HSP's website: www.humanitarianservice.org
and HSP's blog: humanitarianserviceproject.blogspot.com.
HSP 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.