HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tuesday morning, an Army veteran, who can’t serve his country the way he wanted to, found another way to do it.
Nick Byrd of Huntsville made a special delivery to an elementary school in southwest huntsville.
Byrd pulled up to Morris Elementary School with his family in tow to deliver three big boxes to the school counselor’s office.
His two-year-old son Brody came along to help.
“Forty notebooks, 40 composition notebooks, packs of paper, pens, pencils, erasers,” said Byrd, describing the contents of the boxes.
Brody unpacked a baggie of supplies and handed each one to the principal.
“Pencils.. crayons..” “Thank you.”
The toddler helped pick out the items his dad bought for some $450 of his own money.
“Education is important,” said Byrd. “It really is. That’s why I wanted to see these kids kinda get a little bit more of a hope in their eyes, knowing that somebody else is out there kinda watching over them, kinda being able to help them out.”
At age 22, Byrd says he was just getting started with his military career, when it ended.
“I injured my knee and my back and so I couldn’t continue on, couldn’t deploy. I got honorably discharged on medical,” he explained.
But Byrd wasn’t done serving his country and decided to help a school he drives by everyday.
It turns out that the counselor who took the supplies easily understood Byrd’s commitment to serve, since he too was an Army veteran.
“Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor integrity and personal courage,” said James Vasquez, counselor at Morris Elementary School. And I think that no matter where you go or where you serve you always enbody that as a soldier or a veteran.”
He added the supplies will go a long way, as 97% of the students there come from low income households.
“One thing that we don’t want the kids to worry about when they come to school is if they’re going to have the things they need to be successful academically here,” said Vasquez.
The supplies will be distributed to students and teachers as they are needed.