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posted: 7/30/2014 4:54 PM

Kids Helping Kids: Illinois Natural Pageants host school supplies drive for the needy

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  • School supplies HSP has collected for a needy child.Humanitarian Service Project

    School supplies HSP has collected for a needy child.Humanitarian Service Project

Alexandria Graaf

Every summer Illinois Natural Pageants dedicates itself to not only exploring and praising natural beauty, but also donating to local charities. Each pageant is committed to raising supplies for different local charities. Since the summer of 2010, Illinois Natural Pageants has developed a summer pageant focused on collecting school supplies and toys for needy children served by the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) of DuPage County. On August 9th at 1pm, Illinois Natural Pageants will be hosting the Groovy Girls Pageant in Bloomington, IL. The pageant has divisions ranging from newborns to adults 17+. Each contestant is encouraged to bring in school supplies that will then be donated to HSP. It is Illinois Natural Pageants' mission to open a door for children involved in the pageants, to help other children, hence their philanthropy "Kids Helping Kids."

Every Year HSP collects school supplies from local businesses, individuals, and groups to donate to the Back to School Fair. HSP is currently in the process of outreaching to the community to collect school supplies for needy children. HSP receives donations from an abundance of local companies, churches, and families. Floyd Kettering, HSP's CFO, commented on the success of the drive "The community has been extremely supportive of our School Supply Drive as we prepare for the DuPage Regional Office of Education's Back to School Fair and Kane county's Project Backpack. However, there are hundreds more that need our service. We will continue our efforts through the next months to make sure that children have the tools they need for their education."

Most of the school supplies are donated to the Back to School Fairs in addition all of the Supplies collected after August 5th will be donated to schools, in DuPage and Kane Counties, with large amounts of needy children. Thanks to Illinois Natural Pageants and their sure to be successful Groovy Girl's Pageant we are reminded of the charitable nature of the people around us. If you would like to donate school supplies to HSP's School supply Drive please contact HSP at or call them at (630)221-8340.

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, 1,600 children received gifts and 100 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 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.