Cushman School Students Send Care, Goodies to Soldiers in Afghanistan

About 100 boxes were filled with snacks, sweets and a few essentials

By Jennifer Reeves
|  Friday, Feb 3, 2012  |  Updated 7:52 PM EDT
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About 100 boxes were filled with snacks, sweets and a few essentials.

About 100 boxes were filled with snacks, sweets and a few essentials.

For the students at the Cushman School in Miami, Friday was much more than a lesson on sacrifice and caring. They were able to step out of the classroom and into the hearts of soldiers in Afghanistan.

"It's good to know that people are out here supporting our troops like my dad did when I was younger,” Karla Majdancic said.

For some of the students, like Majdancic, the event held with America’s Moms For Soldiers was much more personal. Her family knows what it's like to have a soldier deployed.

"I think they are going to feel very happy because they are going to know that there's someone who cares about them that's sent them a care package, and a letter that we've done,” she said.

America's Moms For Soldiers is a local organization that works with military chaplains. They find out which soldiers never get mail, then send boxes to them.

"They will receive a care package from us every single month for as long as they are deployed until they come home, until the last one comes home,” said Lauren Ackerman, the group’s community affairs coordinator.

In all 100 boxes were filled with snacks, sweets and a little taste of home, along with a few essentials – all collected by donations from the Cushman students.

Kindergarten kids took part with handmade cards and thank yous. Their principal, Joan Lutton, hopes they never forget.

"I want them to understand the sacrifice the men and women are making for us anywhere in the world,” she said.

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