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LONGMEADOW — Longmeadow High School’s Key Club will host its inaugural Winter Festival on Sunday, Jan. 28. The event is a fundraiser for Lydia’s Closet, an organization run by Saint Andrews Episcopal Church to provide foster families with clothing for babies, children and teens, as well as infant essentials such as car seats and cribs.

Key Club is an international student lead community service organization with chapters in high schools in 45 countries. The Longmeadow High School chapter has over 200 registered members who volunteer and raise money throughout the year for organizations and events.

“The amount of students committing their time and efforts to community service is outstanding,” said Catherine Pelchat, a Longmeadow High School faculty member who advises the group with colleague Elizabeth Heston. “This year alone, our Key Club members have already collectively completed over 2,900 hours of service.”

Key Club has modeled the Winter Festival after the organization’s fall Spooktacular, which has been a successful fundraiser in the past. This year, the Spooktacular raised more than $1,000 for Camp Sunshine and the organization is hoping to raise a similar amount for Lydia’s Closet.

The festival will take place in the Longmeadow High School cafeteria and gymnasium and is free to attend, but clothing and monetary donation are encouraged. There will be crafts, activities and games, sponsored, in part, by Razzmatazz Kids. Food will be provided by Longmeadow restaurant Frankie’s Pizza.

The festival is designed to be a family-friendly event, but children 10 years old or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Key Club Winter Festival will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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