LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) – The holidays are just around the corner, and thousands of American service members are spending the season far from home. Friday morning, kindergartners at Como Park Elementary did their part to show their gratitude for that service and sacrifice, packing up their own Halloween candy in care packages to send to the troops.
“We want to say thank you to the troops,” said one kindergartner, Bella Rick.
“Because they fight for us to keep us safe,” added her classmate, Cali Tuttle. “And that’s why we say thank you to them, and be careful.”
Those are the messages the students in Tracy Amey’s class are trying to send with the sixteen boxes they packed Friday to send across the country and around the globe. “We have some going to Kuwait, Afghanistan, Hawaii, some places in the US,” Amey explained.
In each box, the students are sending a book of pictures they drew and a whole lot of candy, collected as they were Trick or Treating this year. “Because they don’t go trick or treating,” Rick said, when asked why she wanted to send her candy to military members instead of keeping it for herself.
Amey says her students do a different service project every month, and this was a good way to put their extra Halloween candy to good use by sending them to service members with Western New York roots. “I reached out to our community through the Lancaster District and asked if we had any former students, which a lot of them are former students, so that we could surprise them and keep it local,” Amey said.
In the past, Amey said, those who have received these boxes from her students have been very grateful. Some have even sent boxes of goodies back from their current country to the kids at Como Park.
But, true gift for the kids is in the lesson about the value of giving. “Hopefully by them sharing something that means so much to them as candy, that they can brighten up someone else’s day,” Amey explained.
“We need to say thank you for protecting us!” Tuttle said.
The boxes packed by the students this week will go in the mail on Monday, and will hopefully reach their destinations with the service members in time for Veterans Day on November 11.