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Local Lions Club Sponsors two Low-Income Senior Citizens

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  • Boxes of produce labeled individually for each senior served by HSP.

      Boxes of produce labeled individually for each senior served by HSP.
    Humanitarian Service Project

 
Melinda Hernandez

The Burr Ridge-Hinsdale-Oak Brook Lions Club donated $1,600 this month to directly benefit two impoverished senior citizens served by the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) of DuPage County. Through the Senior Citizen Project, the donation will provide the local seniors with groceries and other personal care items. For nine years, the Lions Club chapter has sponsored impoverished children and seniors enrolled in HSP's programs. The chapter's mission is to help improve the community through service and volunteerism.

Founded in 1989, the Oak Brook Lions Club has been dedicated to locally serving the needs of many. In addition to their sponsorship of HSP, the club also supports a number of other local, nonprofit organizations. Among the Lions Club's philanthropic efforts was the turkey giveaway fundraiser this past November, which raised $500 to pay for 25 turkey dinners for local families in need. The club also hosted a holiday fundraiser Dec. 13 with a "Silent Auction" and a "White Elephant Auction." There are more than 45,000 Lions Clubs worldwide.

For $800 a year, individual or company donors can sponsor a senior citizen through the Senior Citizen Project. Each month, HSP delivers its seniors 100 lbs. of groceries including fresh produce, frozen meats, bread, and non-perishables. Every senior enrolled in the program also receives a three-month supply of hygiene products, monthly gifts from a "Secret Pal," pet food, and a cake in the month of their birthday.

Contact HSP:

Email: hsp@humanitarianservice.org

Telephone: 630-221-8340

Website: www.humanitarianservice.org

Blog: humanitarianserviceproject.blogspot.com.

Address: 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

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, 840 families with 1,600 children received gifts and 150 impoverished families received three weeks of groceries, frozen meats, bread, and fresh produce. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides monthly food deliveries of 100 pounds including fresh produce, frozen meats, bread, non-perishables, paper products and secret pal gifts to 123 low-income seniors. The Children's Birthday Project reaches the youngest underprivileged, making birthdays and Christmas truly memorable occasions for 925 children. Feed the Kids program provides 100 low-income families with groceries and fresh produce worth $1,500 retail in total for the summer. 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.

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