After months of preparation, the members of Kell’s Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy had the opportunity to see the fruits of their labor. Despite the rain, hundreds filed into Kell’s cafeteria. After registration, attendees had the opportunity to pack a car package being sent to a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan. First, they created letters for the soldiers. After writing a letter, the boxes were packed with goods donated by the community. By the end of the packing, which continued after the event, more than 250 boxes were packed for the soldiers.
“It’s amazing to see all of the items we’ve gathered this year begin the final leg of their journey to our troops,” said Tara Spire, a member of Kell Leader Academy.
In attendance was Jim Wilson, who is both a retired member of the Army and Marines. Wilson served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He spoke to the students about what it meant to serve in the military and just how important it is to feel support from home, specifically in the form of packages. As a member of the military, one of his jobs was to clear the road of IEDs in order to make sure that roads are passable for both our military and the citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq.
More than $8,000 was raised and more than 250 boxes were sent abroad.