Breaking News Bar
updated: 5/31/2013 9:26 PM

Villa Park Rotary sponsors a needy senior

Success - Article sent! close
  • Groceries for Needy Senior Delivery Day, May 2013

    Groceries for Needy Senior Delivery Day, May 2013
    Matt McGahan

Lindsey Conger

Rotary Club of Villa Park recently donated $800 to sponsor a senior in the Humanitarian Service Project's (HSP) Senior Citizen Project (SCP). The $800 donated is enough to support a senior in SCP for an entire year. This is the seventh year that they have donated to the SCP.

The Rotary Club of Villa Park was chartered in 1996, and its current president is Tom Smith. The Rotary Club is an organization which has about 30,000 clubs in 160 countries across the globe. The international club boasts about 1.2 million members of all different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. The international groups of Rotary Clubs focus on community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues such as: children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence.

Every senior in the program receives a monthly delivery of groceries and paper products. These deliveries enable the seniors to maintain a healthy diet and hygiene. The seniors in the SCP are impoverished and cannot be helped financially by their families. On top of being unsupported financially, they often have medical conditions which prevent them from being mobile. All of the 121 seniors in the program are severely impoverished, and buying groceries that are beneficial to their health is out of the question.

The purpose of the SCP is to alleviate the physical and psychological effects of poverty by giving these seniors monthly deliveries of groceries The needy seniors sponsored through the donation will receive a selection of 15 nourishing fruits and vegetables, 7 varieties of frozen meats, 6 bags of non-perishable food, 3 loaves of Pepperidge Farm bread, 2 bags of paper products (paper towels, facial tissue, and toilet paper), and personal care items, delivered straight to their door every month. The 121 impoverished 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.