Oakview Elementary students send Christmas cheer overseas to brighten the holidays for our U.S. troops

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By Heather Russell
Staff Reporter

Oakview Elementary students mailed off a very special Christmas care package this week.  
Students collected 965 tubes of chapstick, and made cards for American servicemen and women stationed overseas this holiday season.  
Oakview Counselor Kimberly Ross says the idea came about on Veteran’s Day, when students sent a care package to the son of an Oakview employee.  Cole Anders, the son of Christi and Eddy Anders is serving his third tour overseas.  
“After we sent Cole’s package, we were inspired to do something even bigger for the Christmas season,” said Ross.  “Through our ‘Leader in Me’ program, we asked the children to bring in chapstick for soldiers, as that is a great need where they are, and we were overwhelmed at the response.  965 tubes of chapstick is really great!”
Students also each made a custom Christmas card, thanking soldiers for their service, and hopefully spreading some Christmas cheer to those so far from home.  
Ross said not only were those involved impressed by the children’s eagerness to participate, but others who learned of the project were touched as well.  “When we got to the post office to mail the package, one of the postal employees was so moved by what the kids had done, she actually donated her own money to help with the funding for the project,”         Ross said.  “Not only was this a great thing to do for the soldiers, it was great for the kids to feel involved and know that they can do something that matters, too.”
 

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