Zion Lutheran School kids make care packages for deployed soldiers

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Zion Lutheran School students took time Friday to decorate cards and pack gifts for soldiers deployed overseas for the holidays. The school wanted kids to embrace the giving part of the holiday season by picking out small things to make a soldier who can’t be with their family happy.

Students took time to pick out the perfect things to put in their care packages that will be sent to soldiers overseas. (KSNB)

“I wrote for them to have a Merry Christmas and to have a fun time,” Fifth Grader Azariah Barry said.

Kids packed up candy, playing cards, and hygiene kits along with their hand drawn cards. Some of the kids have known soldiers who are in their families and others are learning about them for the first time. The principal and one of the teachers have spouses in the military and they recently came to teach the kids all about what they do.

“We realize that christmas is more about giving than it is receiving and we wanted the kids to be able to express that and experience that,” Principal Sara Nielsen said.

The gifts will be packaged up and shipped out of Lincoln to some very deserving soldiers who are deployed during the holiday season.

“I feel really good for them,” First Grader Violet Linde said.