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Vacation Bible school donates to help needy families

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  • Geri Ferrari and Karen Doman dropping off the food collected by the VBS.

    Geri Ferrari and Karen Doman dropping off the food collected by the VBS.
    Humanitarian Service Project

Ashley Bondarowicz

On Friday, June 14th 2013, the children of the Vacation Bible School at St Raphael Catholic Parish, located in Naperville, competed against each other to collect donations to go towards helping needy families in the Humanitarian Service Project(HSP) Feed the Kids (FTK) program. The children collected a total of $255.39 and a van full of non-perishable groceries.

The Vacation Bible School that the children of St. Raphael Catholic Parish were taking part in ran June 10th to the 14th. One of the activities during that week was geared towards teaching the children about serving others in their community. This year the church served HSP's FTK program by holding a food drive and fundraiser, in which about 4 groups of 40 children participated in. The children competed against each other each day to see which group could collect the most groceries and funds. The church then tracked the groups progress on a barometer and on Friday Geri Ferreri, Religious Education Coordinator, and Karen Doman of the parish came in to our office to drop off the donations that they collected.

FTK supplies 100 families (approximately 375 children) with 175 lbs of nutritious groceries during each of the summer months of June, July, and August. During the summer, many of the families lack access to nutritious food because they can no longer rely on the subsidized lunches they received during the school year. FTK helps to supply the families with groceries once a month in order to fill that void. Each month, all the families receive a selection of 15 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, 3 boxes of non-perishables weighing 25 pounds each, 7 kinds of frozen meats, and 3 loaves of Pepperidge Farm bread.

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.