Area Students Adopt Soldiers

Some young leaders are doing their part to support our troops overseas. The group Southern Smiles wants groups and businesses to adopt our men and women in the military, and these students are getting involved. Student after student showed up at the Savannah-Chatham County School Board last night, donating bags filled with goods.

Student representative leaders Spencer Cantrell and Javon Murphy lined up the donations and split them up into categories. It's not just everyday necessities they're sending overseas, they're also adding in some sweet little snacks, adding one of each to every bag. It's something these kids are very serious about.

"We couldn't just sit back," Murphy said. "We had to do something, too. We love our country just as much as the fighters do, so we thought we'd send them stuff."

They adopted ten local soldiers through Southern Smiles. It's their way of showing their appreciation.

"They're serving the country to protect everyone here at home," noted Cantrell.

It makes them feel good knowing they're supporting our soldiers. Murphy said it makes him feel patriotic. "Since I can't flight with them, I can at least give them the accessories they need on a day-to-day basis," he said.

These kids also sent along some letters hoping to get responses, so they'll know how to personalize the bags for either men or women next time.

Reported by: Holly Bristow, hbristow@wtoc.com