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.
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.
“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.