P.L. Dunbar Middle School students collect items for soldiers in Afghanistan

Care packages will be shipped next week and arrive around Thanksgiving

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Hundreds of middle schoolers in Lynchburg are helping soldiers overseas. Students at Dunbar Middle School have collected more than 200 care package items, which included shaving gel, disposable razors, snacks, movies, books and magazines. The idea came from a social studies teacher who has a friend on deployment, who said it's tough being away from home.

“Being away from your family, for a long time, really sucks. It’s nice to make them feel at home,” seventh-grader Fiona Workman said. 

“These kids are phenomenal human beings. They just love and they care and they want to give. If you ask them, 'how do you feel, why do you wanna do this to support the soldiers?’ [They say] ‘because it's the right thing to do.’ And it makes me feel incredibly happy to know that people have joined on this idea so much, and they're willing to give their time and energy to help,” said Michael Summers, social studies teacher at P.L. 

The items will be shipped next week and should arrive around Thanksgiving. Mr. Summers will hold another collection to send care packages again by Christmas.