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Saint Paul’s Lutheran School students and staff recently showed their support of troops overseas with a donation of candy, according to a press release.

Operation Gratitude is an organization that annually sends more than 150,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to new recruits, veterans, first responders, Wounded Warriors, caregivers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas.

The organization’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the changing needs of our active duty and veteran communities and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our military. Each package contains donated product valued at $785-$1,000 and costs the organization about $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, the organization has shipped more than one million care packages.

Students and staff at Saint Paul’s Lutheran including daycare families, pre-school families and kindergarten through eighth grade families all contributed candy after Halloween and put together the packages to be shipped. The Troy VFW graciously donated funds to pay the shipping costs for the care packages.

Throughout the school year, students at Saint Paul’s strive to serve through chapel offerings, item collection for our Ministries Unlimited, donating to provide items through World Vision and serving in local food pantries and distribution centers. Service is a part of who we are and an important element of education.

Saint Paul’s Lutheran School teaches students in preschool through eighth grade and has been providing Christian education in Troy for nearly 150 years. Contact the school office at 618-667-6314 to learn more.