North Bay Elementary students send care packages to service members stationed overseas
By Echo staff
Dec 6, 2017, 11:20
Soldiers stationed in Iraq hold cards sent to them by students at North Bay Elementary School. The students have been sending boxes of food, hygiene products and other items for several years as part of the local Adopt a Soldier program.
Teacher Tammy Raymond and her students at North Bay Elementary have been sending care packages to service members for several years through a local Adopt a Solider program. They recently sent 10 boxes filled with cards, letters, posters, hygiene products, snacks and bedding and mailed another five boxes filled with Christmas items.
One squad leader recently sent a thank-you note from Iraq saying, “It is nice to get your warm gifts from home.”
Throughout the year, Raymond packs up collected food items like protein bars and jerky along with hygiene items such as razors and body wipes to send to the troops. All items must be small in size and easily packed because the service members live in tents or Quonset huts and are often on the move, Raymond said.
In his note to the North Bay students, the squad leader wrote, “All of the hygiene products you sent were greatly appreciated and much needed. As you can imagine we do not always have the ability to purchase these items, and knowing they came from caring Americans like yourselves makes it all the better. Additionally, we also enjoyed the cards made by the students.”
The squad leader sent photos from Iraq showing the soldiers at work and with some of the cards sent to them by North Bay students. Anyone who wants to donate items for the Adopt a Soldier program can call Raymond at (228) 467-4052.