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Neighbors | Submitted.Hope Horton is pictured working on her card for the “Stockings for Soldiers” project. The project was an initiative started by Boardman High School alumni Morgan Brandt.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Youngstown State University student Morgan Brandt picked up a box full of cards and letters from Boardman. She will deliver them to the Blue Star Mothers of America to get to soldiers in time for the holidays.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Sixth-grader Stephon Chandler showed his finished card for the Stockings for Soldiers project during his art class. The card, and many like it from Boardman Center Middle School students, will be delivered to soldiers who are overseas for the holidays.

Stockings for Soldiers.

That’s what Youngstown State Univrsity student Morgan Brandt and some of her communications classmates are calling their volunteer care package project intended to brighten the holidays for soldiers serving overseas.

They wanted to send something special from home.

Morgan, who graduated from Boardman High School in 2017, thought they could do so much more with a little help from her alma mater. She reached out to Boardman Local Schools, who in turn let principals know about the plan to send handmade cards and letters to military men and women who would not be home for the holidays.

In just a few days, brightly colored cards from the elementary schools mingled with sketches and letters from middle schoolers came from the classes. The messages included hopes for happy futures and remarks of appreciation. High school English classes sent longer handwritten letters to soldiers with encouragement and gratitude as the recurring themes.

Morgan said she was excited to see so many cards and letters. She delivered them to the Blue Star Mothers of America organization to be distributed before the New Year.

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