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Gregory Middle School Raises $200 for the Poor Selling Books

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  • Gifts prepared to be distributed to the needy children served by the Humanitarian Service Project.

    Gifts prepared to be distributed to the needy children served by the Humanitarian Service Project.
    Humanitarian Service Project

Matthew McGahan

Two teams of sixth graders at Gregory Middle School, in Naperville, recently raised and donated $200 for the sake of needy children served by the Humanitarian Service Project. In an inventive way to both encourage learning and raise money, the students of teams 6-2 and 6-4 collected used books and sold them to fellow students, teachers, and staff members. According to Gregory teacher Julie Lis, the students raised the $200 selling a portion of the nearly 1000 books they collected for the drive. The donated funds will support needy children in HSP's Children's Birthday Project, a program Gregory Middle School students have supported in the past with toy drives and other fundraisers.

Each child in HSP's Children's Birthday Project receives a 20-25 lb Birthday Box containing: school supplies, 6 new books, and 6-10 new toys, stuffed animals, numerous smaller "filler gifts, and a "party in a box kit" which contain all of the supplies to throw a memorable birthday party. 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.

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:

and HSP's blog:

HSP 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.