Water for the Troops

Thousands of our men and women are still heading for Iraq, but one Low Country school is working to make sure their trip is as comfortable as possible. The USO has been requesting bottled water for our troops, so when Bluffton Elementary heard their request, they decided to join in and start a project called Message on a Bottle.

They're writing what they call "aqua notes" to place on bottles of water, which will be given to men and women deploying to or arriving home from the Middle East. "I want them to feel we are supporting them and we know it's hard for them and let them know we think about them, even the children, and give them that extra boost to help them through their time there," said assistant principal Christine Wright.

Although this project is designed to help the troops, it also helps the students. "A lot of the families here are Marine families and they know that their mom or dad have gone overseas before and they know what the struggles are," said Wright. "For them to be able to help them, it helps them a lot too, because they can say, 'Well I know I've done what I can do,' and let them know they care."

Teachers and students say these bottles of water will not only help troops physically, but are hoping to help give them encouragement. And these encouraging messages are straight from the hearts of these children. Here are some of the messages:

Calindy Holquist: "Thank you for keeping us safe."

Trendon Wright: "Thank you for helping us and hope you write back."

Madison Kemeny: "Thank you for saving our country."

So far, the school has collected over a thousand bottles of water.

If you would like to help out, you can visit these drop-off sites in Bluffton and Savannah:

Until Wednesday, Jan. 28:
Bluffton Elementary School
Gaster Lumber Company (Savannah)
Firestone (Abercorn Street)
Royce Learning Center

Until Monday, Jan. 26:
Bartlett Middle School

The USO is requesting bottled water, baby wipes and paperback books for our troops.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com