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31 Party Kits for Needy Children

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  • (From left)HSP co-founder Floyd Kettering, HSP Assistant Executive Director Kristin Maxwell, and Junior League member Sue Wilson with a few of the party kits for needy kids.

      (From left)HSP co-founder Floyd Kettering, HSP Assistant Executive Director Kristin Maxwell, and Junior League member Sue Wilson with a few of the party kits for needy kids.
    Humanitarian Service Project

 
Matthew McGahan

The women of the Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties have recently created 31 "party in a bag" kits to provide exciting birthday parties for impoverished children served through the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP.) These "kits" contain all the necessary items to throw a special birthday party, complete with balloons, cake mix, frosting, streamers, party cups, plates, napkins, and more. These kits will be provided for 31 of the 900 impoverished children in DuPage and Kane Counties that receive birthday gifts through HSP's Children's Birthday Project.

The Junior League of Kane and DuPage is a service group made up of local women dedicated to serving those in need throughout the community. The League has projects focused on readying local children to succeed in school and promotes literacy to children throughout the area. The "party in a bag" kits the group made were done as part of their "Done in a Day" program. Through this program, the club engages in hands on service projects that can be done in one day to support the efforts of charities and other organizations that serve needy children in the area.

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The Children's Birthday Project serves over 900 disadvantaged children throughout DuPage and Kane between the ages of 3-11. Every year on the child's birthday they receive a "Birthday Box", which includes 6-10 new toys, 6 books, stuffed animals as well as party and school supplies. Every box ensures that each child will have a fun-filled and memorable birthday. Children served by the program also receive gifts at Christmas time through HSP's Christmas Offering. HSP also provides food for 150 and 100 of the neediest families enrolled in this program at different times of the year through their Christmas Offering and summertime Feed the Kids program, respectively.

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