Southridge students pack Christmas packages for overseas troops (Photos) - Casper, WY Oil City News
Oil City News Logo

Southridge students pack Christmas packages for overseas troops (Photos)

Members of the Southridge Elementary School Kindness Club pack donated items into a Christmas box to be sent to soldiers in the Middle East on Monday evening at Southridge. Last year the club made boxes for homeless people in the community. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Wyoming solders serving in the Middle East are about to receive some warmth from home.

Members of the Southridge Elementary Kindness Club gathered on a snowy Monday afternoon to assemble care packages for deployed service members.

“I had a family approach me about doing a military Christmas box for the 115th Wyoming Field Artillery Brigade Unit ‘Cowboy Thunder,'” said teacher and Kindness Club founder and third-grade teacher Tracey Kegler.

Article continues below...

The students made a presentation about the unit, and then the club went about raising money and getting donations.

Things such as snacks, personal care products and games were donated by citizens and people in the school, said Kegler.

Each box costs about $18.50 to ship, which was also paid for by donations.

“We met our goal of about $500 to ship 25 boxes overseas,” she said. “We have three people we are shipping those to, and they’ll distribute them among their unit.”

A specific box for the women serving overseas is being sent as well.

There are 100 third-grade through fifth-grade students in the Kindness Club, which was started by Kegler four years ago to help teach children the importance of empathy for fellow members of their community.

“We keep increasing (membership) because of the things we’re doing,” said Kegler. “We’re doing a lot with Wyoming Food for Thought and the Humane Society, so we’re doing a lot more out in the community.”