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Students Send a Piece of Home to Afghanistan

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - It’s hard to be away for the holidays. So to help soldiers serving overseas feel a little closer to home,  students at East Limestone High School are making sure the soldiers know they’re not forgotten. For the past 12 years, students here have put their time and money into their “Stockings for Soldiers” drive.

Ashley Sprague, an East Limestone teacher who helps organize the effort, says, “We just ask for donations. We ask the students to bring in items and we ask the community to donate items and money for postage. We pack them with homemade cards and things the soldiers can’t really get in Afghanistan and they really seem to enjoy it.”

Everything from snacks to toiletries to socks go to the soldiers in Afghanistan. This year they’ll be shipped to a former student who’s serving now, who will help distribute the 100 stockings packed with goodies.

Sprague says, “It gives me a feeling of accomplishment. It makes me feel like I’m contributing to the cause. It also helps the students to learn more about what’s going on in the world, and to show compassion, and they really enjoy being a part of it.”

For some students, it’s a project that hits close to home.

According to Elizabeth Aldridge, an East Limestone student, “My dad’s been in the military my whole life, so I felt like I should give back to all the other soldiers who are out there doing what he does.”

Sprague says one of the soldiers’ favorites every year is the homemade cards created by Creekside Elementary students.  The stockings will be shipped off this Monday.