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Uionville High School students deliver gifts for the Kennett YMCA's Angel Tree program. From left are Hannah Bass, Ivan Yen and Phil Chidekel.

Members of the Unionville High School Student Council have been helping to get gifts for needy children this holiday season. Several of the students delivered some of those gifts to the Kennett YMCA.

The Council traditionally holds a free powder puff football game featuring juniors against seniors, but this year Council Vice President Hannah Bass suggested adding a donation box to raise money for area children in need. The event raised $700, which was used to buy gifts for six children from the Kennett Area YMCA Angel Tree program.

The bulk of the money came from donations from parents, Bass said, adding that this was the first year the powder puff game was used as a fund-raiser.

“We decided to give back to the community,” she said.

The YMCA appreciated having its program as beneficiary.

Lenda Carrillo, the Kennett Y’s community outreach coordinator, said the Y usually works with eight different groups in its effort to get gifts for needy kids. She said a Christmas tree in the lobby gets an angel decoration for every child earmarked for a gift once the gift is delivered to the Y. The number of kids this year was 300, Carrillo added, with the UHS students getting gifts for six.

“All 300 kids were [provided for] in the last week and a half,” she said. “This is the first time they’ve gone this fast.”

According to YMCA Director Doug Nakashima, the Y has a “great” relationship with both the U-CF and Kennett Area school districts.

“Both swim teams swim here and the Unionville girls’ cross-country teams practices here. It’s a wonderful collaboration that involves the entire school,” he said.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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