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April 23, 2003

Albany -- Wearing Red, White, and Blue, the students at Sherwood Christian Academy in Albany celebrated "Spirit of America Day". The students are collecting personal items and gifts for the troops in Iraq, to show their support.

One by one the students at Sherwood Christian Academy Elementary put gifts for American troops in a box during their chapel meeting. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, suntan lotion, gum, and treats were some of the items the students wanted to send to the men and women serving in the Middle East.

5th grader Monica Smith said "It makes them think people are caring for them, and praying for them. That they are not by themselves."

These students are learning about civic responsibility and American citizenship. John Cannady, a 20 year Army veteran, said the gifts will lift the spirits of the troops. Cannady said "They'll be real appreciative of it. To think someone cares about them enough to collect it and send it over to them, will make them feel good."

The armed services are not accepting care general care packages. Four of the Sherwood students have relatives currently in Iraq. Through the Albany Marine Base, the students gifts will be delivered to individual soldiers, and then distributed to others.

Principal Jill Johnson said "We're hoping these things will help them feel a little sunshine in their lives, when they open up these packages will bring them some smiles."

The students gift's soon overflowed the box, showing their generosity. Sherwood Christian Elementary will continue to collect gifts until Friday, then they will be shipped to the service men.

And these students will know they gave a helping hand. If you would like to help their drive to support the troops, Sherwood Christian Academy will accept monetary donations at their school on Stuart Avenue.

posted at 4:04 by jimw@walb.com

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