Key Club volunteers with Salvation Army

Key Club members spent all day Saturday ringing the bell at Westgate Plaza to raise money for the Salvation Army. Fifteen students participated in two-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., making the best of a cold, snowy day. “They like being out there meeting people and giving back,” said Key Club Co-advisor Rich Porcelli. “They had fun with it.”

On Monday, the members traveled to the Salvation Army on Main Street where they helped distribute gifts to nearly 100 families who had requested assistance this holiday season. Students cheerfully handed out toys, wrapping paper, coats, hats and gloves. “They love doing that,” said Mr. Porcelli. “The students in Key Club love helping people. They have built camaraderie together so they have fun.”

It was a full-circle experience after they volunteered at Garrison Golf’s Hole in One Tournament in October and part of the proceeds went to the Salvation Army for the gift buying. “They help raise the money with the tournament and then see the results of their efforts,” Mr. Porcelli said. Co-advisor Liz Teixeira also worked with students on both events.