Last Friday, St. Walter's Vacation Bible School provided Humanitarian Service Project with a car full of donations containing eight boxes of arts and crafts. The parish hosted an Arts and Crafts school supply drive to gather supplies for the needy children suffering from an impoverished life. The parish has been supporting HSP for over 16 years.
St. Walter's Vacation Bible School held the drive from July 8-12, 2013 in Roselle, Illinois. Children attending Vacation Bible School were encouraged to ask family and friends for donations to help them gather as many supplies as possible. The parish also held a fundraiser in order to raise money to support the many projects at HSP.
The Arts and Crafts drive will directly benefit the Children's Birthday Project. Children ages 3-11 years-old that are served through HSP receive a Birthday Box every year on their birthday. The Children's Birthday Project serves 900 children. Each child receives a 25-lb Birthday Box that contains a "party-in-a-bag" as well as 6-10 brand new toys, 6 books, stuffed animals and school supplies. Since the first day of school is around the corner, they also collected school supplies. The supplies collected after August will be donated to schools with a high volume of impoverished students. Last year, the Humanitarian Service Project donated two cargo vans full of school supplies to the fair. 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.
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:
Address: 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.