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‘Come home safe’: Bethlehem students mail holiday cards to deployed troops

Alesha Gilley and Keyla Boswell’s second grade classes at Bethlehem School did their part to make the holidays a little brighter for Army troops deployed to Korea.

Students decorated Christmas cards and made care packages for 47 Army troops from Fort Sill in Oklahoma that deployed to Korea.
“We colored them, and on the back of it we drew a little Army person with flags and stuff,” said 8-year-old Makenna Marshall.

The students packed boxes with everything the troops need to have their very own holiday party complete with tiny Christmas trees, ornaments, popcorn, brownies, candy and other snacks. The boxes were packed Monday to start a long voyage to an APO address on the other side of the globe.

The Army troops just deployed around Thanksgiving and will be in Korea for nine months. The students hope their cards and gifts will help the troops feel loved and appreciated while they’re away this Christmas.

“We want them to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and come home safe,” said 7-year-old Ryli Gilley. “We’re proud of them.”

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