Students in Berkeley Springs wrap up their holiday projects

December 28, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Senior members of the Berkeley Springs High School Student Council kept busy wrapping Christmas presents they purchased last week for two local families.

"Wrapping the gifts is like seeing into the future," student Morgan Unger said, "because you can imagine how excited they will be when they open them."

Each year, the Student Council uses part of its fundraising money to buy Christmas presents for families who do not have the money to buy them for their children. The group has been doing this for about 10 years, adviser Phil Unger said.


Phil Unger, the student council adviser, said the seniors were divided into two groups when they went shopping last week. They were told only the age and gender of the children in the two families.

"They had six cartloads," he said.

Three bikes with training wheels were purchased, along with accessories such as baskets, horns and streamers. They also purchased helmets and kneepads, said student Samantha Yost.

Students Emily Walters estimated the group had about 50 packages to wrap, plus stockings to stuff.

"We loved buying all these presents for the kids. It was a lot of fun," she said.

Unger said the council spent about $2,200 this year. In addition to the presents, he said each family received about $250 worth of food that included a turkey and ham for Christmas dinner.

Unger worked with a local agency that recommended the families.

"This is the first time we spent this much, but we had the money to spend this year," he said.

The gifts were to be delivered the Friday before Christmas, Unger said.

"It's a really special feeling, and you feel like you are making a difference in someone's life," student Victoria Pasquale said.

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