WEST SALEM, Wis. (WEAU) -- Some Western Wisconsin middle schoolers are trying to provide the troops with some of the comforts of home.
Coulee Christian School in West Salem has teamed up with Oeration Homefront to collect donations, including food, personal items and cash for people in the military.
It was a sea of red, white and blue as Coulee Christian School 7th and 8th graders lined the sidewalk in front of the school.
Korey Lyons said it hits close to home.
His stepdad is in the military, and has spent time overseas.
“It feels pretty good, because I know when he was over he had some care packages and stuff like this that came over for him and he really appreciated that,” said Coulee Christian School 8th Grader Korey Lyons.
In addition to the cash and item donations, students will send letters to the troops.
“They absolutely love that, they said they pass them around to everybody, they post them up, so it’s real uplift to their day, and they say it helps them remember what it is they’re doing this for,” said Operation Homefront Communications Director Patti Lokken.
Korey and his classmates said they appreciate everything the troops do for our country.
“They’re risking their lives overseas, to just basically help us, to protect our country, and keep us all safe over here,” said Lyons.
“They’re really fighting for us, and they probably feel lonely and discouraged sometimes. So I mean, we all want to feel good about ourselves, and when we’re in trouble or we’re sad we just want someone to lift us up,” said Coulee Christian School 7th Grader Alejandrina Ross.
“It feels really good, because they’re serving us, so then we get this chance to serve them,” said Coulee Christian School 8th Grader Faith Tanke.
Operation Homefront said it will ship the items on Wednesday, and the troops should have them in a couple of weeks.