Students in the Key Club at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center shared in the holiday spirit during a community service trip to the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley warehouse in Youngstown. This is the eighth year the Key Club at MCCTC has worked with the Rescue Mission.
The service project began with a school-wide canned food drive during the weeks leading up to the group's visit to the Rescue Mission. The drive collected more than 2,500 food items donated by MCCTC students and staff. The students then delivered the items to the Rescue Mission and worked with the staff at the warehouse facility to help prepare for their Winter Wonderland event. Students organized items and made gift bags for the event, which provides gifts to local families for the holidays.
After volunteering at the warehouse, the group then visited the Mission residence center, served lunch to the public and toured the facility.
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Members of the MCCTC Key Club displayed their giving spirit over the holidays by helping out at the Rescue Mission in Youngstown. Pictured are club members (front) Jill Bailey of West Branch, Jen Bochert of Poland, Kyle Maendel of West Branch and Haley Hawkins of West Branch; and (back row) Key Club advisor Anthony Cycyk, Melanie Johnson of Campbell, Dakesha Jordan of Campbell, Tiana Craig of Boardman, Cassie Argeras of Poland, Sarah Kennedy of West Branch, Jolene Gruszecki of West Branch, Elizabeth Blythe of South Range, Taleisha Jones of Boardman, Shelby Williams of Lowellville, Morgan Claypoole of Springfield, Sydney Nonnemacher of Springfield, Courtney Mitchell of Struthers and Key Club advisor Alissa Duchek.
"Community service is at the core of Key Club's mission," said Alissa Duchek, Key Club advisor and English instructor at MCCTC. "This service project not only helps us to remember our mission, but to give back to the community and to those who need it most this time of year."