Students spread Christmas cheer with local veterans

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Some local middle school students took time Monday morning to bring a little Christmas cheer to some Pine Belt veterans.

A group of Laurel Middle School students, part of a club called "Students Against Destructive Decisions", partnered with the Red Cross program, "Holiday Mail for Heroes."

It's a card making project, where personalized Christmas cards are sent to troops and veterans around the world. Monday, the Laurel students personally delivered these letters during their inaugural event, "A Christmas for Veterans."

"Some beautiful poems. All of them wrote thank you for what you do for us. You could read, the words were so heartfelt. They really feel like those people keep them safe, and they think about it a lot," said Sandi Creel, S.A.D.D sponsor.

"Many of them are stationed. They aren't home with their families. So it's just a way of letting them know that while they are away, we here at home are thinking about them," explained Jacquelyne McCuloum, Red Cross Branch Coordinator in Laurel.

Laurel Middle School students contributed 75 out of the more than 10,000 Christmas cards already collected across the state.