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Seniors, students mail Christmas cards to soldiers

November 2, 2017 GMT

United States military men and women will receive some words and gifts of joy this Christmas from sixth-graders and senior citizens in North Platte.

On Wednesday, the Community Connections Impact Team, along with mentees and mentors, joined forces with senior citizens to put together care packages for the annual project.

“Our Impact Team is a group of sixth-grade students from Madison School,” said Angela Hipp, Community Connections mentor coordinator. “They meet once a week and they have class time where they learn communication skills and hear anti-bullying messages. Then every other week they come to the (North Platte) Senior Center and meet with mentors from the community who will reinforce those messages.”

As part of the program, the students also do community projects.

“Last week the Impact Team cleaned up a flower bed at the senior center,” Hipp said. “Operation Christmas Card is another one of the community projects we do together.”

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The students are partnering with the senior center and Community Connections mentees and mentors to prepare the packages for shipping.

“The project is where we do Christmas cards and care packages for the U.S. military members,” Hipp said. “We got a list from a lady who started a Facebook page for this project, and I thought this was a good idea for the kids to learn about and to send some appreciation to our military.”

She said the cards will go all over the world.

“Some of military members are on ships; there’s a name of someone in Afghanistan, one is in Germany, and more all over the place,” Hipp said. “We have a list of 13 names for care packages and a list of 125 names for Christmas cards.”

Some of the students were writing messages on the cards, while others were filling the boxes with goodies and practical items.

“The manager over at Domino’s was stationed in Iraq, so this kind of really hit home for him,” Hipp said. “He’s bringing pizzas for us, but he said they love to get baby wipes because sometimes they don’t get to take a shower.”

Hipp said donations and cards can be delivered to her at Community Connections through Nov. 8. Call Hipp at 308-696-0975 for more information.