What started as an idea by the National Honor Society Students at St. Augustine School in Richmond, MI became a project the whole school got involved in doing. This is a small school with a big heart that wanted to share how thankful they are for our American Soldiers and Veterans this Thanksgiving. Students ranging from pre-school thru 8th grade gathered all kinds of snacks, personal care items, and more to fill care packages for our country’s service men and women overseas. Sending the packages to the troops is being done with the help of Operation Care Package.
BWCIL’s Project Home, a program for homeless and at-risk veterans, is operated out of the Lapeer office by our case manager, Brianna. Her mom is a teacher at St. Augustine. The project to collect donations started as an honor society project but when Brianna was asked by the teacher how they could do something for veterans and active duty military it didn’t take long for the whole school to get involved. Soon her living room was full of donations of cards, letters, hats, gloves, personal care items, DVDs, snacks, and candy. The students even made laundry soap!
Shown here is some of the items being delivered to Operation Care Package Michigan, with a volunteer member of the organization in her “camouflage angels” t-shirt. They greatly appreciated everything donated, but were very touched by the letters and cards by the kids, and said that the soldiers favorite thing to get is letters from kids.
The Operation Care Package Michigan, a non-profit group, has 170 of these packages being sent out this week. It costs $15 per package to ship, so the donations of items to fill them was greatly appreciated. The group supports their mission with donations and the profits from their newly opened Resale Store in Lapeer, MI. You can find their shop at 606 N. Saginaw or check them out online at ocpmi.com.
Some of the collected items were given to a local transitional housing site for homeless veterans, as well as a few veterans being assisted by the Project Home program at the Lapeer, MI office of the Blue Water Center for Independent Living. The picture shown here is from Brianna’s visit at the Anka Akron Veteran Transitional Housing in Akron, Michigan where 12 homeless veteran currently reside. They were in awe that the kids cared enough about them to collect these things for them. They were also amazed that the kids made homemade laundry soap for them. They said thank you many times.
Brianna was also able to sort out a few needed items to help some of the homeless veterans that she works with through the Project Home program at BWCIL. Overall, a lot of good is being done for many of the people who have fought for, and continue to defend, our country through this project. The students at St. Augustine have done a great job in showing our military heroes just how much they are appreciated this Thanksgiving season!
We at BWCIL would like to echo the appreciation of our military service people and veterans shared by the students of St. Augustine. Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts!
We also want to give our thanks to the students that worked so hard to make this giving project a great success… Fantastic Job!!!