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  • Examples of the 1200 backpacks the Rotary Club of Wheaton donated for impoverished, local children.Humanitarian Service Project

    Examples of the 1200 backpacks the Rotary Club of Wheaton donated for impoverished, local children.Humanitarian Service Project

Tricia Arenz

The Rotary Club of Wheaton contributed 1200 backpacks to the Humanitarian Service Project's (HSP) School Supply Drive last week. The Wheaton Rotary has supported HSP for the last twenty years, and for the past several of those years they have collaborated to prepare needy children with school supplies in their community, an initiative spearheaded by Lori Belha, a former educator. In addition to HSP, they work with Wheaton School District 200 to reach the neediest children in Wheaton with supplies they need to succeed in school.

HSP's School Supply Drive supports the Back to School Fair hosted by the DuPage Regional Office of Education at the end of summer. After August, HSP continues to collect school supplies and distribute them to schools in the DuPage and Kane counties with high populations of students in need. The schools disperse the donated supplies to students that lack the proper materials for class due to their limited resources.

It is the shared goal of these collaborative partnerships to equip local children with the necessary tools to aid their academic success in order to create better futures that diminish poverty. HSP is proud to work with the Rotary Club of Wheaton, and would like to thank them for their recent contribution towards achieving this goal. The Wheaton Rotary has provided their services for the last 54 years; the club meets on Wednesdays at 12:10 PM at the Arrowhead Golf Club. More information about the club can be found at

Contact HSP:


Telephone: 630-221-8340



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.