04/11/2012 01:01 pm ET

Birthday Boy, Guests Collect 275 Pounds Of Food At Party

Alex Kuphal knew there were many things he could do to celebrate his 12th birthday party.

Even with places like Brunswick Zone and a movie theater right in his backyard, the Lake in the Hills sixth-grader decided to bypass the routine and draw inspiration from his younger sister’s recent celebration.

When 20 guests arrived at Kuphal’s door on Feb. 28, they were sorted into groups, assigned a chaperone driver, handed a map and challenged to see which team could accumulate the most points — in the fastest time — by collecting food and personal hygiene items for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Food Pantry.


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