by Danielle Wagner
WAVERLY (KWWL) Waverly-Shell Rock students are cramming as much stuff as possible in these boxes.
From reading materials to chapstick, service members in Iraq and Afghanistan will soon get care packages in the mail.
"A lot of salty snacks was one and Kleenex and tooth paste," said student Jamie Groen.
The project was started as a community service project through DECA.
"It was important for us to do, especially around this time of year and letting them know we're supporting them through good times and bad times," said Groen.
The students teamed up with a local "Mothers of Military Support" group. The boxes are going to their sons and daughters.
"They absolutely love the care package because they don't have the same basic things that we have back here. So they really and truly enjoy all of the packages they get and the notes they get they know getting support. It puts a smile on their face. Makes them feel much better," said Linda Hall.
Linda Hall's 21-year-old son is on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
"I'm just very proud of what he does and how he's doing it and the level of volunteerism that everyone of our men and women do it makes me proud," said Hall.
Donations for the boxes came from all the students and teachers at Waverly-Shell Rock High School.
Students in several classes helped package up all the items. They also listened to stories from the moms about their child's service.
"I think it really brings it home, and I hope they appreciate a little bit more about what our military people are doing for us," said teacher Carol Meyers.
Besides the high schoolers, elementary students took time to write letters to go in the boxes.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner