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School Kids Create Care Packages for Camp Pendleton Marines

Camp Pendleton Marines in Afghanistan
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Camp Pendleton Marines in Afghanistan

The small Wisconsin town of Two Rivers is thousands of miles from Camp Pendleton, California...and even farther away from Afghanistan. But that didn't stop students in the Two Rivers Public Schools district from collecting much needed items to put together care packages for Marines they've never met.

According to the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, students usually participate in a food drive for the homeless during the holidays. This year, students and teachers decided to support troops overseas, too.

First grade teacher Tanya Shillcox got in touch with a cousin who was a veteran of the Marine Corps named Brandon Carmody. Carmody made up a list of things he knew would make a great care package for Marines - like Top Ramen, tuna, Power Bars, sunflower seeds, toothpaste, lip balm, sun block, and hand lotion.

And troops will find a little something special tucked inside those care packages. The children of Two Rivers schools also drew pictures and wrote thank you cards to the Marines. 10-year-old McKenna Vogel told the MHT Reporter: