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Boardman students send soldiers holiday cheer
December 5, 2018

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Youngstown State University student Morgan Brandt and some of her communications classmates began a volunteer care package project intended to brighten the holidays for soldiers serving overseas called Stockings for Soldiers. They wanted to send something special from home.

But Brandt, Spartan Class of 2017, thought they could do so much more with a little help from her alma mater. She reached out to Boardman Local Schools, who in turn let principals know about the plan to send handmade cards and letters to military men and women who would not be home for the holidays.

In just a few days, brightly colored cards from the elementary schools mingled with sketches and letters from middle schoolers. Messages inside included phrases like "we hope you are happy" and "please know you are appreciated." High School English classes sent longer handwritten letters to soldiers with encouragement and gratitude as the recurring themes.

Brandt said she was excited to see so many cards and letters. She delivered them to the Blue Star Mothers of America organization to be distributed before the New Year.

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