WEST SALEM, Wisconsin (WXOW) - 7th and 8th graders at Coulee Region Christian School spent their day accepting donations for troops overseas. The students collected items like beef jerky, granola bars, and even chapstick to make soldiers away from home a little more comfortable.
"We don't have to wait until we're older to be able to serve," said Faith Tanke, 8th grader at Coulee Region Christian School. "We can make a difference now."
This is the fourth year that they have teamed up with Operation Homefront, an organization dedicated to supporting troops and their families. It is quickly becoming an annual event for 7th and 8th graders at the school, one that younger students look forward to participating in.
"They actually do ask if ‘Mrs. Ross, can we please do the troop drive again?' It absolutely has to be something they want to do because it makes a difference," said Sabrina Ross, Bible teacher at Coulee Region Christian School. "It's a privilege and an honor to be part of this, to see the students enthusiastic and to see their love of giving."
Along with the donated goods, nearly 300 handwritten letters from the students will be included with the care packages. On Tuesday the students are also hosting a dinner to honor Veterans in their school cafeteria. This is the seventh year they have hosted this event and are expecting around 90 attendees.
"These kids wanted to do this. And they asked their teacher if they could do this," said Patti Lokken, Communications Director with Operation Homefront Central Midwest. "So to see the young people with the energy and the level of support that they have, it's pretty special. And I know our troops love that, when they know the kids are involved."
On Wednesday, the donations will be assembled into care packages by volunteers with Operation Homefront and sent to troops overseas.
If you'd like to get involved with Operation Homefront through volunteering or donations you can visit their website at www.operationhomefont.net/centralmidwest.
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