Students create holiday cards for soldiers deployed overseas

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

The Family Readiness Group out of St. Cloud got together with two local elementary schools to have the children create holiday cards to send over seas.

Local Family Readiness Groups have been formed to assist families of deployed solders, plus the soldiers themselves while they are both deployed and when they come home.

Students at Lindbergh Elementary School in Little Falls and Pioneer Elementary School in Pierz created cards for the holidays to send to deployed soldiers overseas. Pictured working on their creations are Lindbergh students Matthew Seelen, left, in Nancy Winscher’s third grade class, and Zac Copa in Tara Pauly’s third grade class.

The cards will be going to a medivac unit in Charlie Company from St. Cloud. They include soldiers from Minnesota, Iowa and Kansas.

The men and women in the medivac unit attend to those who need medical attention. Their job is to fly the patients to the nearest hospital from wherever they are hurt or injured.

The idea to have students create cards came up during one of the group’s meetings. The cards were packaged with food, gifts and more Saturday, Nov. 17, by the Family Readiness Group.

The cards are meant to help the soldiers get through the holiday season. Each one will show support from back home.

“It is hard to be away from family, especially during the holidays,” said Lindbergh’s art teacher Angie Ireland. “The cards will tell the men and women overseas that someone is thinking of them.”

Ireland asked her students to decorate the cards however they wished, plus write a short message of warm wishes or a thank you for their deployment; something to make the soldiers feel great.