Santa Fe Christian (SFC) students are writing personal notes and collecting hundreds of pounds of Halloween candy and Beanie Babies to donate to our troops worldwide. A moving truck will arrive at SFC’s Lower School office Thursday, November 6, 2014 at one o’clock pm to collect the large load of donations to be delivered to Operation Gratitude. Last year, SFC students donated over 500 pounds of candy to this charity. Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, will then distribute the candy, small stuffed animals and notes to our active men and women around the world.

Care packages are sent to the troops who enjoy the candy for themselves, and also to give out along with small stuffed animals to the children in the communities they patrol.  To date, Operation Gratitude has delivered over 1.1 million care packages have been sent to our active military men and women. LTJG K.C., PAO  writes, “The crew of the USS Ingraham received their care packages from Operation Gratitude yesterday. It was a wonderful surprise and brought in some much needed smiles in the final weeks of a long deployment.”

The donations provide an opportunity for the young students to give of themselves. Grace, a  6th grader at SFC says “It makes me feel great to help support our US troops that protect us and fight for our freedoms.”