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Students collect items, raise money for care packages for deployed troops

Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

Moore County School Resource Office Justin Grogan (back left) and Ashley Sand (back, second from left) are joined by Lynchburg Elementary School students during a check presentation after Moore County schools helped collect more than 53,000 items for care packages to be sent to deployed American soldiers. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Moore County School Resource Office Justin Grogan (back left) and Ashley Sand (back, second from left) are joined by Lynchburg Elementary School students during a check presentation after Moore County schools helped collect more than 53,000 items for care packages to be sent to deployed American soldiers. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — From flag signings to donations and even a contest between two rival schools, community members came together this year to help raise money and deliver care packages to America’s soldiers this holiday season.

Students in Moore County took part in the effort fueled by Ashley Sand and aided by teachers, faculty and School Resource Officer Justin Grogan.

Together, they teamed up to collect more than 53,000 items and ship more than 115 care packages at a cost of $1,800 to deployed soldiers.

“This year has been such a blessing,” said Sand. “This year’s drive surpassed anything my mind could have imagined. There is no way to say thank you. We are all in this race together. Anyone can donate to any cause they believe in but to everyone who got involved, donated, helped pack, prayed for us … you have lifted a lot of soldiers’ spirits this holiday season.”

There was a contest between Lynchburg schools and Huntland schools to see who could raise and/or donate the most. Lynchburg won and was awarded $1,500 for their effort. Huntland was awarded $1,000. The award money came from sponsorship.

“The TNSRO was so much help and we chose to call this year’s all in together,” added Sand. “All the banks in Moore County and Jack Daniels Credit Union held flag signings and raised money for shipping. This has been an amazing experience and to all our high school seniors who spent so much time volunteering, our units have asked us to thank you all.”

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