Students collect items for troops overseas

Published On: May 06 2013 11:40:24 PM CDT   Updated On: May 07 2013 06:49:44 AM CDT
WEST SALEM, Wis. -

Local school kids are helping bring a little bit of home to troops serving overseas.

7th and 8th graders from the Coulee Christian School teamed up with Operation Homefront for a Spring troop collection event.

The students set up on Garland St. in West Salem, and collected items from drivers passing by. Things like beef jerky, gum, batteries, books, and magazines will be boxed up in care packages and shipped to troops overseas.

Operation Homefront ships care packages to troops about every other month, and they say Monday's event was a success. "It's just fun to see the enthusiasm, we've had things dropped off, we've had some cash donations put in, and then we get a lot of horn honking and showing their support that way so its really exciting to see that," said Patti Lokken from Operation Homefront.

Some of the students also wrote letters to soldiers that will be included in the care packages.