TONASKET – Tonasket Elementary students will be sending care package to active military members for the second year in a row this Veterans' Day.
“Last year we sent 60 care packages to a unit stationed in Iraq,” said Tonasket PTO Vice-President Katie Turner. “What was fantastic about that was the troop did Skype with us during our Veterans Day assembly last year. The troop was able to watch the assembly, and the kids were able to ask questions of those in the Army.”
At this year's Veterans Day Assembly scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7, special guest Master Sergeant Keith Caraway will be addressing the students. Stationed at the JBLM (For Lewis Base) in Stillacomb, Caraway is the recipient of three bronze medals.
“He is a very amazing soldier and a great guy,” said Turner. “He has received care packages in the past and is a big advocate of them. He's aware of how much it helps soldiers' morale.”
Turner said collection of items for care packages began last week and will continue through Nov. 2.
“Students bring in goodies, and put donations in a basket in each classroom,” said Turner. “Each class will bring their basket to the assembly and present it to Cariker to deliver.”
Turner said items appreciated by soldiers were the little things, like candy, gum, beef jerky and especially letters.
“They love the letters,” said Turner. “We are sending the care packages primarily to a troop in a deployed area, but we are also going to send letters to our local active military members.”
Turner said anyone who knows of a local person serving is invited to call her at 509-429-0434 to make sure they are on her list.
The Oroville American Legion donated $200 to help with the cost of postage.
Tonasket's elementary school assembly Nov. 7 begins at 8:45 a.m. and will include Tonasket's American Legion members presenting the color guard.