Eighth-graders have started collecting clothes and toiletries for military veterans who may be struggling as they find their way back to civilian life. The items will be donated to the Veterans Transition Center (VTC) in Marina.
"It may seem simple, but things like this can go a long way in offering veterans hope and a sense of stability in regards to day-to-day needs," said Grade 8 student Naiya Patel during Chapel Sing a few days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Emma Kim said this service project is a way to show gratitude for the veterans' service and sacrifices, as well as the sacrifices of their families. Quoting a classmate, she said, "We do not expect anything in return, only the satisfaction of knowing we have helped those who have helped us in immeasurable ways."
After Chapel Sing, Compass circles got together to create envelope-like cards with messages of gratitude and hope. Each card will also hold a St. Michael medal.
The eighth-grade class has been connecting more and more with local veterans in recent years, holding clothing drives, hosting guest speakers, and visiting veterans in senior living facilities.
Below is a full list of items being collected for the VTC; they can be dropped off at the Lower and Middle School Office.
- New socks
- Personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, brushes, combs, shampoo, and soap
- Small kitchen items such as utensils and small appliances like coffee makers and toasters
- Jackets and winter clothing in sizes XL, XXL, and XXXL
For more information about the Veterans Transition Center, visit vtcmonterey.org.