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Pageant Contestants Collect School Supplies for Needy Children

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  • (left) Tiffany Jones (right) Elizabeth Jones- Pageant Director

    (left) Tiffany Jones (right) Elizabeth Jones- Pageant Director
    Matt McGahan

Ashley Bondarowicz

On Monday June 24th, 2013 representatives from Illinois Natural Pageants, located in Elmhurst, came into the Humanitarian Service Project center to deliver school supplies. They raised a total of 3,084 pieces of different school supplies for the Humanitarian Service Project's School Supply Drive project.

The school supplies were collected at their annual Strawberry Princess Pageant on June 23rd, in Mundelein. Contestants in the Pageant were encouraged to ask family and friends for donations to help them compete to gather the most school supplies. The top three individuals, who collected the most supplies, were Sophia B., in the baby division, with a total of 373 items, Desiree M., in the Princess Division, with a total of 305 items, and Desiree F., in the Queen Division, with a total of 151 items. The pageant honors those individuals who collect the most items with a special crown.

Illinois Natural Pageants offers girls, age's newborn to adult, a fun and competitive environment. Girls who enter the pageants are required to showcase their natural beauty, no hair and makeup allowed. The pageants philanthropy is "kids helping kids." They encourage children to give back to other children by giving the contestants the opportunity to collect donations for the represented charity at every pageant.

All of the donations that were collected will go towards helping the Humanitarian Service Project prepare for DuPage County Regional office of Education's annual Back to School Fair in August. Supplies collected after August will be given directly to needy schools in DuPage and Kane counties. Last year, the Humanitarian Service Project donated two cargo vans full of school supplies to the Fair; in addition, to assisting hundreds of more children, by delivering supplies directly to schools with a high amount of needy students.

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.