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Students Collect Items for Third ID Soldiers

With boxes full of goodies in hand, Pulaski Elementary students were lined up and ready give them to three Third ID soldiers. With boxes full of goodies in hand, Pulaski Elementary students were lined up and ready give them to three Third ID soldiers.

SAVANNAH, GA-- It's a school that's less then a mile from the gates of Hunter Army Airfield, and for weeks students at Pulaski Elementary school have been collecting items for Third ID soldiers overseas.

With boxes full of goodies in hand, Pulaski Elementary students were lined up and ready give them to three Third ID soldiers from Hunter Army Airfield. It will then be up to the soldiers to make sure the boxes of everything from toothbrushes to note pads get to other local soldiers in Iraq.

"A lot of charities give things around Christmas time and we wanted to give soldiers something for Valentine's Day," said Cheyenne Blackwell.

Cheyenne's father is a soldier in the Third ID. "My dad is overseas and he has been overseas since April," said Cheyenne. "You miss him, but you feel ok because he is serving your country." 

And Cheyenne along with her classmates wanted to do something special for the soldiers, so they came up with their "Boxes of Love" campaign.

Out of 600 students at Pulaski Elementary, half have a parent overseas right now, so it's no surprise they have such a close relationship with the military.

"It keeps them thinking about them and give them a sense of responsibility and let them feel like they were doing something in return for what their parents are doing for us," said teacher Noel Ingram.

And the soldiers thanked each student for their generosity. "We appreciate all the hard work you provide us with and we will make sure the boxes are sent to Iraq for soldiers who need this stuff, thank you," said Sgt. Mike Sutterfield.

And even though Cheyenne isn't sure if her dad will get one of these boxes, she's happy to know their "Boxes of Love" will bring smiles to other local soldiers, knowing they have lots of support back here at home.

"It makes me feel good inside cause everyone is giving and being nice," said Cheyenne.

Students at Pulaski Elementary plan to continue to collect items for soldiers until they all return home.  

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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