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Record-breaking Secret Santa numbers

A total of 213 needy local children will be surprised this holiday season with clothing, school items and toys thanks to Lyons Township High School elves. LT elves sponsored 172 children and an additional 41 were funded thanks to proceeds from a Student Council gourmet popcorn sale and other donations. The elves are actually students, faculty members, classes, teams, clubs, departments or offices participating in the Rotary Club of LaGrange’s Secret Santa program. The program is designed to match donor(s) with an area child, and let the group be Santa for that youngster. For many families, the gifts provided by Secret Santa are the only gifts under their tree. Groups collect $125 per child then shop specifically for him/her. Each child will receive clothing, a toy, a book and school supplies thanks to the Secret Santa Program. The gifts are presented to the family and distributed at the holiday.