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posted: 5/6/2014 5:01 PM

Secretly sharing Generosity

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  • Several gifts from Secret Pals to Seniors in the Humanitarian Service Project's program.

    Several gifts from Secret Pals to Seniors in the Humanitarian Service Project's program.
    Courtesy of Humanitarian Service Project

Abraham H. Park

The Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) in Carol Stream would like to invite members of local communities to join HSP in providing aid to needy seniors through its "Secret Pal" program. The program, a part of HSP's Senior Citizen Project (SCP), assists 123 impoverished seniors by providing them with needed or desired items to maintain a healthy and comfortable standard of living. These items are often things that the seniors cannot purchase themselves due to a lack of resources. One senior expressed gratitude to her "secret pal" by saying, "I want you to know how much I truly appreciate your lovely gifts. Your generosity has warmed my heart, and you are such a giving and wonderful person!"
These gifts, usually ranging anywhere from $5-$25, are purchased directly by the secret pal after being assigned a senior being provided with a "wish list." The gift(s) are delivered directly to the seniors alongside the 100 lbs. of groceries that they receive from HSP. Through a simple and small donation, members of the local communities can make a profound impact in the lives of seniors who struggle to make ends meet. These not only help meet the needs of a senior but also let them know that they are cared for on a personal level.
The Senior Citizen Project is a program run by HSP to meet the needs of seniors by providing nutritious groceries every month. The groceries include 15 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, 7 frozen meats, Pepperidge Farm bread, 6 bags of non-perishables, and 2 bags of paper products, as well as toiletries every 3 months.
Contact HSP:
Email: hs

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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