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Local Editorials

Our view: Support area service clubs

McHenry County’s service clubs do many great things for the community, and deserve our thanks and support.

We point to two recent items in our news pages to illustrate our point.

The Huntley Rotary Club recently bought 10,000 pounds of food and donated it to the Grafton Food Pantry for area residents in need. Then this past weekend, Rotary members volunteered at the pantry to help distribute the fresh produce, meat, nonperishables and cleaning supplies to families waiting outside.

The club raises about $1,000 twice a year to buy the food food and supplies for low-income families and individuals from Huntley, Lakewood, Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills and Algonquin. The money is raised through a series of fundraisers, including its annual baggo tournament.

Earlier this week, the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club announced it was donating $7,300 to various volunteer groups throughout the county. The money was raised during Ribfest, which was put on by Rotary last month.

Benefactors of the donations include the Cary-Grove Interact Club, Jacobs Interact Club, Lake in the Hills Interact Club, Lake in the Hills Explorers, and the District 300 Foundation, which will use the $1,500 it received to pay for supplies for students in financial need.

We single out the Huntley and Lake in the Hills’ rotaries today because their generous donations made news recently. But many other service clubs in McHenry County do similarly generous work.

The many Jaycees, Kiwanis, Lions and other clubs are made up of great local people who want to give back to their communities.

If you aren’t able to join one of these fine groups (you at least should consider it), then do your part by supporting some of the many fundraisers they hold. The money stays local, and it goes to many good causes.

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