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Naperville school donates paper goods to needy seniors

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Byron McGuire

St. John's Preschool in Naperville recently donated 12 large bags of paper products to the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP). The donation contained toilet paper, paper towels and Kleenex. These paper products will go towards HSP's Senior Citizen Project (SCP), which helps impoverished seniors in DuPage and Kane County.

The products were dropped off by Susan Dillon, the director of the school. St. John's Preschool is a Catholic preschool specializing in teaching children the Christian message of helping others when they are in need. The children are introduced Bible stories through hands on activities such as doing arts or crafts that have relevance to the story they're learning about. The school also focuses on teaching children about the world around them. The school emphasizes that play is important for children to get their fresh air and exercise. St. John's concentrates on teaching students the important skills they need to succeed, such as reading, writing, and math.

Their curriculum is build around these core concepts.

This is not the first time that St. John's has held a paper drive to benefit HSP. They also held a paper drive in May 2012 as well.

The purpose of SCP is to alleviate the physical and psychological affects of poverty. Through the monthly deliveries, the seniors receive the groceries which provide the nutrition they need to help combat their malnourishment and crippling impoverishment. They also receive paper goods that help them manage hygiene and cleanliness, which makes them able to live a healthier lifestyle.

The Senior Citizen Project combats this severe impoverishment and malnourishment by giving these seniors monthly deliveries of groceries The 121 needy seniors sponsored through the donation will receive a selection of 15 nourishing fruits and vegetables, 7 frozen meats, 6 bags of non-perishable food, 3 loaves of Pepperidge Farm bread, and 2 bags of paper products (paper towels, facial tissue, and toilet paper) delivered straight to their door every month. Also, every three months, the needy seniors receive a box of personal care items with their delivery including, shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, lotion, soap, and hand sanitizer. The needy seniors in HSP's Senior Citizen Project also receive a monthly "Secret Pal" gift, gifts at Christmas time, and much needed household items on their "wishlist." The program provides the seniors the opportunity to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, in the face of the financial and health burdens they face.

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.