Humanitarian Service Project
(HSP) started in Karole & Floyd Kettering's spare room in 1979 to help needy families during the Christmas season in DuPage County by providing them with an abundance of groceries and gifts. The Christmas Offering
continues today, providing 150 impoverished families with 3 weeks of groceries, frozen meats, fresh produce and gifts for all the children. In 2012, we distributed over 25 tons of food and 23 tons of Christmas gifts (minimum 5 gifts each) to 1,636 children, including all of the children from the families enrolled in the Children’s Birthday Project
program and their siblings ages 3-15, and poverty-level children whose parents had no other source for gifts.
The Senior Citizen Project
began in 1982 with 3 seniors, with 121 presently served. We make a commitment to help those in need until they pass away, move out of the counties served, or move to a nursing home. This project focuses on helping poverty-level senior citizens living in DuPage and Kane Counties, Illinois who have limited access to transportation and few if any family ties. The Senior Citizen Project delivers each senior over 100 pounds of nutritious food each month. Fresh produce includes 15 assorted fruits and vegetables, 7 different frozen meats, fresh bread, 6 bags of non-perishable food, and paper products including toilet paper, paper towels, and facial tissue. Seniors also receive household products, personal care items, and special gifts from their Secret Pals. Volunteers deliver these items right to the homes of our needy seniors at no cost to them. The wish list program invites the senior to request items like televisions, microwaves, couches, refrigerators, and vacuum cleaners to make everyday living more comfortable, or medical assistive devices such as wheelchairs, etc.
Children’s Birthday Project
opened in 1992 to reach the youngest poor in the surrounding communities to help make a needy child’s birthday a truly memorable occasion, and has serves 900 children annually. Receiving this gift symbolizes that there are people who care and there is proof that people are generous. This lets children know that they are indeed special. Children receive a 20-25 pound box which includes: 4-7 large new toys, depending on price; 6 new books; 1 new game; party supplies; school supplies; stuffed animals; and other filler gifts such as yo-yo's, playing cards, miniature cars, and bubbles. At Christmas, these children also receive gifts from their very own wish list sent to them. Three hundred of the total enrollment are eligible for Feed the Kids.
Feed the Kids started in summer 2004 to provide impoverished families with a grocery delivery during the months of June, July, and August in order to supplement the diet of children whose federally-subsidized school meals provide most of their daily nutrition. Each family receives 175 pounds of food each month. Included in the distributions are three 25 lb. boxes boxes of non-perishable food, 15 selections of fresh produce consisting of fruits and vegetables purchased from Caputo’s, fresh bread, 11 different frozen meats, and nutritious snacks appealing to children. During the summer of 2012,
Feed the Kids
served 100 families with 400 children. Sponsorship of a family for one month is $75; the entire summer is $225.
Our programs are fueled by the love and generosity of local clubs, schools, businesses, churches, and individuals who contribute both financially and through volunteering. We are committed to having the support we receive at HSP be meaningful and empowering by creating a wonderful environment for volunteers of all ages, as well as by effectively using financial contributions that we receive to impact DuPage and Kane's poor in the most significant manner possible.