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Homewood students sending care packages to sailors

Homewood High School math teacher Lana Wakefield came up with the idea to send a care package to U.S. sailors serving on the same ship as her brother. Source: WBRC video Homewood High School math teacher Lana Wakefield came up with the idea to send a care package to U.S. sailors serving on the same ship as her brother. Source: WBRC video
Freshman Helen Hall is one of the students who is making Christmas cards for the sailors on the U.S.S. George Washington. Source: WBRC video Freshman Helen Hall is one of the students who is making Christmas cards for the sailors on the U.S.S. George Washington. Source: WBRC video
HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) -

A special care package will soon be on its way to dozens of U.S. sailors out to sea in Japan.

The men and women aboard the U.S.S. George Washington won't be able to make it home for the holidays. But a group of Homewood High School students are working to send holiday cheer to them.

The idea to send the cards and care packages all stemmed from one teacher wanting to do a service project for Christmas. What started out as one little idea has blossomed into the whole ninth grade getting involved.

Today, the freshman and JV cheerleading squads took time out to draw, cut and glitter lots of Christmas cards for the men and women on the U.S.S. George Washington.

With the holiday music going, they were really excited to be creating cards encouraging the service men and women to remain strong and to also enjoy the holidays.

Math teacher Lana Wakefield came up with the idea. Her brother, Kendall Queen, is serving on that ship. She says her first suggestion was to send one care package he and his comrades could share.

But she says when she sent an email home about the project, students and parents ran with the idea, deciding to have a competition among the freshman classes to see who could bring in the most gifts for the sailors.

Wakefield says the project "encourages them and lets them realize they're there for a reason and we haven't forgotten them and we're think of them over the holidays."

Today, the cheerleaders created cards to go along with those gift boxes.

"It's a wonderful what they're doing, so incredible. We're so blessed as a country to have these people serve for us," freshman Helen Hall said. "I'm so thankful for them that they're doing this for us."

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