Dec 6, 2010 2:03 PM by Andy Koen
News First 5, Mitchell High School JROTC and the Rocky Mountain Honda Dealers are working together to send some holiday cheer to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Honda dealers brought donations by the minivan load to the high school this morning to create care packages for the troops. The Mitchell JROTC classes are currently sorting and boxing up those packages to send overseas.
"Right now we're working hard to put all this stuff together and at the end we're going to see all these tons of boxes," said Irving Lopez-Gallarza, the Mitchell High student body vice president.
He expects to put together more than 50 care packages by the end of the day.
The packages contain books, DVDs, personal hygiene products and other reminders of home. Student Body President Kevin Vasquez says the project is about giving back to those who are sacrificing for our country.
"To remind our soldiers that we still think about them even throughout Christmas time and our holidays," Vasquez said.
David Perleberg of the Rocky Mountain Honda Dealers estimates that the project has collected roughly 20 Hondas full of donations and supplies. Along with collecting the donations, the Honda dealers also presented the students with a $5,000 check to help cover the shipping costs.
"They sacrifice so much, especially during this time when family and community really comes together," Perlberg said. "They're serving overseas and a lot of time they want to feel that we're thinking about them and that they have our support from back home."