Wichita Falls High School students are learning the value of giving back thanks to the local disabled American veterans chapter and surrounding organizations.
The junior ROTC filled a U-Haul with boxes filled with comfort items Wednesday to ship off for troops abroad.
Cadets in the Wichita Falls High School Junior are sending a box of love to troops abroad.
Chapter 41 of the Disabled American Veterans partnered with the JROTC Battalion of Wichita Falls High School to secure packages of goodies to send to our troops as a token of their appreciation.
Battalion Commander Caitlin Dawson said one of the reasons she enjoys the JROTC is for the camaraderie, through that camaraderie the cadets are learning something very important.
“It just shows the cadets that we do support our troops and it shows the people in our community that we do support them,” Dawson said.
The cadets sent off a total of 139 boxes and bags filled with comfort items to Fort Sill that will then be sent and distributed to troops serving in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.
“I’m hoping that it sends them some sort of comfort saying there are actually people supporting us,” Dawson said.
Veteran and chapter 41 DAV Commander Joel Jimenez, who has partnered with JROTC, said in the time he served many times troops wouldn’t even see a care package.
“By the time it got to the jungles of Vietnam, sometimes they get there 3 months later,” Jimenez said. “And some of us were so deep in the jungle, we never got these packages.”
Now, Jimenez said he is beyond proud to see youths learn the value of giving back to those who are serving and protecting our country.
“These young men and women are stepping up to the plate and doing something for our people in the war,” Jimenez said.
Dawson said his hope is to someday join the service and is hopeful that somewhere down the line she can be thought of in this way.
“Just hope that there is some sort of chain reaction that someone will eventually buy me a pair of socks and send them to me,” Dawson said.
While loading the packages in the U-Haul, Dawson and the rest of the cadets showed utmost gratitude to the troops as they may be the ones needing a care package someday.
The packages contained everything from personal hygiene products to socks and even a letter saying thank you.