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Birthday Gifts Donated for the Poor

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Byron McGuire

The Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn has recently donated $108 to the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP). This money will be used to sponsor two new children in the Children's Birthday Project (CBP) in addition to the two children they already were sponsoring. The four sponsored children will receive a "Birthday Box" full of new gifts, books, and party supplies, to make for a memorable, happy birthday through CBP. This is the fourteenth year in a row that the Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn has raised funds to provide for these needy children.

Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn was founded in 1954. The Kiwanis Club is concentrated on contributing to the well-being of their surrounding community by giving time and financial support to a number of charitable organizations, educational programs, as well as to children and families in need. The Kiwanis Clubs have approximately 600,000 members in 79 countries. There are 13,000 Kiwanis Clubs worldwide. Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service-minded men and women who respond to the unique need of their communities and address worldwide issues by "Serving the Children of the World. The Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn, led by President Penelope Linneweh, is a "global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time."

Each of the 900 children enrolled in HSP's Children's Birthday Project receives a 20-25 lb Birthday Box containing all brand new items: 6-10 toys, 6 books school supplies, and stuffed animals. The boxes also contain a "party in a box kit" which has all of the supplies to throw a memorable birthday party: cake mix, frosting, candles, balloons, plates, napkins, streamers, party favors and invitations. 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. One hundred and fifty families served through the project also receive 3 weeks' worth of nutritious groceries at Christmas time. In the summer months 100 families receive groceries to help combat hunger.

In addition to the four children the Kiwanis Club sponsors through CBP, they are focused on providing support to programs for maternal and child health, child care and development, parent education and support, and safety and pediatric trauma.

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.