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updated: 12/13/2012 2:44 PM

Cary-Grove students collect $20,000 in gifts for kids

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  • Cary-Grove High School students and Interact Club members Patrick Kelly, 18, Peyton Taylor, 16, Rita O'Connell, 18, and Christine Sweinberg, 17, bag presents Thursday to be loaded on a Chicago Public Schools truck bound for the Richard J. Daley Academy in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

       Cary-Grove High School students and Interact Club members Patrick Kelly, 18, Peyton Taylor, 16, Rita O'Connell, 18, and Christine Sweinberg, 17, bag presents Thursday to be loaded on a Chicago Public Schools truck bound for the Richard J. Daley Academy in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Cary-Grove High School student Brian O'Connor, 17, steadies a push cart full of donated presents while a classmate pulls it to the truck bound Thursday for the Richard J. Daley Academy in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago.

       Cary-Grove High School student Brian O'Connor, 17, steadies a push cart full of donated presents while a classmate pulls it to the truck bound Thursday for the Richard J. Daley Academy in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Cary-Grove High School students Matt Hughes, 16, and Patrick Kelly, 18, guide a push cart full of presents toward a truck bound Thursday for the Richard J. Daley Academy in Chicago. Kelly is president of the Interact Club, which gathered about $20,000 worth of presents for kids at the Academy.

       Cary-Grove High School students Matt Hughes, 16, and Patrick Kelly, 18, guide a push cart full of presents toward a truck bound Thursday for the Richard J. Daley Academy in Chicago. Kelly is president of the Interact Club, which gathered about $20,000 worth of presents for kids at the Academy.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
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Cary-Grove High School students and Interact Club members sent a truckload of presents to students in Chicago.

The students collected roughly 800 gifts worth about $20,000 that came from letters students at the Richard J. Daley Academy in the Back of the Yards neighborhood sent to Santa.

Popular items on lists were Baby Alive, Monster High dolls, board games, Angry Birds and sports-related equipment and games.

Cary-Grove student Brian O'Conner enjoys participating in the event, saying: "This is the only gift they're probably going to get. … You know you're going to put a smile on their face."

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