School Supply Drive
HSP has dealt in school supplies since 1992, the beginning of the Children’s Birthday Project. The birthday boxes featured in that program include them, recognizing how sorely they are needed by their poverty-level recipients. Click here to read a testimonial from two educators with a combined 60 years’ experience on how having to go without school supplies affects a child.
It was in 2004, however, that an unexpected call from the Disney Corporation led to a new focus on school supplies. Disney chose to award a worthy charity with 100 backpacks filled with $60 worth of school supplies. Disney selected HSP as its Chicago-area beneficiary by going to the Charity Navigator website and reviewing HSP’s high ranking for fiscal management.
HSP Executive Director/Founder Karole Kettering was aware that DuPage County had a school supply distribution but was unaware of the details. That year, when the county program ended as scheduled in early August, over 1,000 children remained unserved.
Clearly, the unmet need was great, and soon retail sales for the supplies would begin. Could HSP and its volunteers lend a hand?
In 2012, supported the DuPage Back to School Fair for the needy, run by the DuPage Regional of Education, with two cargo vans full of school supplies. HSP also assisted hundreds more children, by delivering more supplies directly to schools with a high amount of needy students.
Contact HSP at 630.221.8340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help in this effort. We can update you on what items are most needed when we hear from you. Help our children to make a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.
Click here to print the School Supply Drive flyer.