The Humanitarian Service Project (HSP,) of DuPage County, has recently expanded its Children's Birthday Project, by partnering with Two Rivers Head Start's West and East Aurora locations. Through this partnership HSP will be providing 6 new books, 3 new toys, and a game for every needy child at these two Head Start locations, on their 4th and 5th birthdays. These children have been added on to HSP's program, which already serves 900 needy children in DuPage and parts of Kane Counties, ages 3-11, with a 20-25 lb. Birthday Box, annually.
HSP and Two Rivers Head Start recently began their relationship by distributing gifts to both Head Start locations. On March 14th, HSP delivered new birthday gifts to 127 needy children at the East Aurora location, all the children at the school with birthdays between January and August. HSP has also committed to providing gifts for the 47 needy children at the smaller, West Aurora location, with gifts already having been distributed to children with birthdays from January through May.
Evelyn Wall, an employee at Two Rivers Head Start East Aurora, said, "the first bag [of gifts] was handed out to a little girl…and when that bag of gifts was handed to her she had a look of excitement that would have melted your heart." The partnership with Two Rivers Head Start represents an opportunity for HSP to serve more needy children, throughout a wider area, with their program.