April 7, 2003
Posted at: 6:51 p.m. CDT
BROOKLAND, Ark. -- It all began a week ago with a single e-mail. Since then, many hands have been frantically at work, going above and beyond the call of duty to provide necessities for forty-six American soldiers serving in Iraq.
Many computer images were part of e-mails from Baghdad that were sent to Brookland Elementary Secretary Kim Morris from her cousin, 1st Lt. Angela Kreh. Moved by the pictures Morris turned to the community and the students at Brookland Elementary to help lend support to American troops.
"We just got together," Morris said. "A few of the teachers and myself got together and sent a letter home (to parents). Within the next day or two, we just had tons and tons of things to send over to them."
Since then students began their work, sorting and packing care packages for Kreh and the other fourty-five soldiers in her unit. The packages run the gambit from gum and candy, to personal hygiene products like razors and deodorant.
"A lot of the students have written letters and drew pictures (for the packages)," Morris said. "We had one student make awards for bravery that the soldiers could pin on themselves."
For many students, the project has been an eye-opening experience of how we all need to provide for those who ensure our freedom. For first-grader Justin Loveless, whose father and mother have both been called to active duty, it means more.
"I'm really proud of my Mom and Daddy," Loveless said. "Because they decided to be in the military, and now they're going to war.
"It makes me feel sad when they go to war," Loveless added. "But they are doing the right thing for our country."