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McHenry High School West students wrap hundreds of Christmas gifts for families in need

Key Club members adopted 92 families and bought presents for them

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McHenry High School West students Matt Borst (from left), Sydney Bubser, Lindsay Green and Delaney Baldocchi help wrap Christmas gifts for families in need at the high school Wednesday night.
Photo provided McHenry High School West students Matt Borst (from left), Sydney Bubser, Lindsay Green and Delaney Baldocchi help wrap Christmas gifts for families in need at the high school Wednesday night.

McHENRY – More than 200 members of McHenry High School West’s Key Club wrapped about 800 Christmas gifts Wednesday night for children less fortunate.

“The gifts were purchased and donated by the Key Club members, themselves,” said Emma Theel, McHenry High School District 156 math teacher and Key Club adviser.

Theel said every year the Key Club adopts families to help out, and this year the families were from the Pioneer Center of McHenry County and Rosecrance McHenry County.

“So we adopted 92 families this year and bought Christmas gifts for them, which the students spent an hour wrapping,” Theel said. “It was just great seeing them help out the community like this around Christmas time.”

The Key Club is a community service group affiliated with the Kiwanis International High School Program. The West Campus’ Key Club members help with community service projects all over McHenry County.

“About one out of every four students at the West Campus is a Key Club member, which is insane,” Theel said. “We’ll do more than 250 projects this school year and probably more than 7,000 to 8,000 service hours that the group does as a whole.”

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