Kids make care packages for soldiers

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Some Wyoming soldiers are getting holiday gifts from Southridge Elementary School students. The school’s “Kindness Club” stuffed 25 care packages Monday, which will be sent to the 115th Wyoming Field Artillery Brigade Unit, known as “Cowboy Thunder.”

Casey Brechtel poses with care packages in Casper, Wyo. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, before they are sent to "Cowboy Thunder" soldiers.

With community support, “Kindness Club” members were able to put together 25 care packages.

“We have had tons and tons of donations. Everything from snacks, to personal items, shampoo, lotion, crossword puzzle books, just all kinds of stuff to help them over there,” said Southridge teacher and “Kindness Club” leader Tracey Kegler.

Parent Casey Brechtel brought the idea to Kegler. Her son is a member of the club. He created a presentation, which he showed to fellow club members to explain the idea.

“I just was thinking about all the soldiers away from home around Christmas and thinking that they could use a little love,” Brechtel said.

She said she got the idea as one of her friend’s husband is a part of the “Cowboy Thunder” unit.

“When I talk to my students, I say these people are supporting our country somewhere else,” Kegler said. “They’re not going to be home for Thanksgiving. They’re not going to be home for Christmas.”

“It’s just a little something that we can do. I mean, can we get them back with their kids right now? No,” Brechtel said. “We can pray for their safety and we can give them a little something to maybe boost morale a little bit while they’re away from their homes and their families.”

“Kindness Club” members do many service projects throughout the year. In addition to helping others, club members also benefit.

“I tell my students, all the time, ‘I am producing productive members of society. I need you to be productive members of society,” Kegler said.

She said the packages will be mailed Wednesday and should arrive before Christmas.