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Kiwanis Club sponsors four needy children

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Byron McGuire

On May 7th, the Kiwanis Club of Bensenville-Wood Dale donated $216 to the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) for the sponsorship of 4 needy children in the Children's Birthday Project. A longtime friend of HSP, the club has decided to reengage with the project under current president Oronzo Peconio. These funds will provide these four 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 birthday boxes each year.

The 20-25 lb Birthday Box containing: school supplies, 6 new books, and 6-10 new toys, stuffed animals, school supplies 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, hats, plates, cups 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.

The Kiwanis Club of Bensenville-Wood Dale supports the Children's Birthday Project, as part of their focus on serving the needs of individuals in and around their community. The Humanitarian Service Project appreciates their monetary donation. The most appreciative are the needy children who will get the happy birthday that's often absent due to poverty in these children's lives.

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, 1,636 children received gifts and 150 impoverished families received three weeks of groceries, frozen meats, and fresh produce. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides a monthly food delivery 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.

Contact the Humanitarian Service Project:

HSP's website:

and HSP's blog:

HSP 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.