The holidays are usually a time when people like to give back to those in need. Even though many of us have our differences and challenges in life, there is always something we can do to make the world a better place for many other people.
At the state School for the Blind in Batavia, New York, 54 students participated in a “Treats for Troops” project. Students recently went shopping for items while others wrapped gifts, stuffed stockings and put together other holiday treats. For the students who are blind, Braille letters were transcribed by the staff for the 30 people who are currently serving with the Navy in Afghanistan. For these soldiers, this will be their first package since being deployed this summer.
The students are more than happy to send them some holiday cheer to these deserving people. Started after a teacher’s assistant learned about how these soldiers were not getting mail, the school and community got involved in this holiday project. Local businesses even got in on some of the action.
The students were able to learn many important lessons through the production of this project, like community service, money and budgeting and orientation and mobility, and more importantly, team work. It was a way for them to understand some of the feelings of other people and help them in any way they could.
The soldiers are expected to be overjoyed when they receive their packages this holiday season. What a great way to truly honor our troops!