Elementary students send care for soldiers for Valentine's Day
COLUMBIA - Twelve elementary schools in Moberly, Centralia, Sturgeon, Fulton and Hallsville are making Valentine's cards for soldiers who are away from home.
Two family members of U.S. soldiers started the Mid MO Hearts4Soldiers initiative, encouraging donations for Valentine's Day.
"We like kids. Kids and soldiers go together," Donald Briggs with the VFW Post 280 said.
Shelley Brammer came up with the idea. Her nephew serves in the military overseas. Brammer and her friend Deann Coffman decided it was important to send care packages to soldiers this time of year. Coffman's son is also a U.S. soldier.
"These are young children who are making this for them, and it's coming from their hearts, and they are doing it to show their appreciations. That means a lot to the soldiers," Coffman said.
Mid-MO Hearts4Soldiers encourages people to donate non traditional valentine's too, everything from chapstick, to water flavoring, snack food and personal care items like shaving cream.
"It's amazing how much the soldiers use those, and what the cost can be," Coffman said.
Thr group said it is still in need of donations. The two drop-off locations are the Eagles Lodge in Moberly and the VFW in Columbia, and the deadline for the donations is February 3.
"We do things at Christmas, we do things at Easter, this is somethinng that really...every holiday we have to think about out soldiers," Coffman said. "It's really hard for them to be away."