CCHS Students Support Troops With Holiday Gifts

The Clarke County High School Republican Club mailed 16 holiday  packages to a local hero and his company stationed in Afghanistan  on Monday. Club members have been collecting food and other gift items during their lunch  periods for the past two weeks. In addition, CCHS students were  encouraged to write personal notes in the shape of  snowmen and gingerbread men for inclusion in the boxes.

CCHS Republican Club table set-up during Lunch. Club Vice President, Lisa Daniels, President, Megan Allen, and Student Connor Hawkins is filling out a card.

The club hopes that the gifts will provide a link with home during the holiday season with so many service members separated from their loved ones while serving overseas. The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for troops who must find ways to balance war time duties with family responsibilities. Knowing that people here at home are thinking of the soldiers, seamen, and airmen, during the holidays goes a long way toward raising the spirits of the men and women who have been asked to serve on our behalf.

The Republican Club is new at Clarke County High School this year and was founded by sophomore, Megan Allen, who serves as President.

This is the club’s first fundraiser.

CCHS Students and staff wrote encouraging notes of thanks to soldiers.

“During this season of  Thanksgiving we thought it was only appropriate to send our thanks to the men and women who protect our freedom everyday,” said  Megan. “The club wishes to thank the students and faculty at CCHS, several neighbors, and Mrs. Sowers’ fourth grade class at  DG Cooley Elementary School for their donations.” Megan added, “We can’t forget to give a special thank you to the Clarke County  Republican Committee which generously agreed to pay for all  shipping without hesitation.”

The support packages are filled with mints, gum, snack foods, socks, and  personal hygiene items and should arrive in time for the holidays  to some very deserving soldiers.

According to the Navy Times, US troop levels in Afghanistan are nearing 98,000. There are approximately 50,000 U.S. troops currently serving in Iraq according to information released by the Pentagon.

The CCHS Republican Club packed boxes of goods and notes for soldiers in Afghanistan.

CCHS Republican Club President Megan Allen (l) with Clarke County Republican Committee President Kay Gunter

Sweets and basic necessities for US soldiers in Afghanistan.


  1. April O'Leary says:

    Great job to everyone who reached out to our hard working soldiers! It’s great to see so many kids involved in something so worthy. Something else to be thankful for this week! : )

  2. Good on ya guys! It’s hard to convey how much you appreciate getting ANYTHING from America when you’re so far from home for so long.

    I guaranteee 100% you brightened someone’s Christmas