About two dozen elementary kids from Montessori By the Sea in Pass-a-grille came in Thursday morning so we could help them fill their care packages for the troops overseas. The Montessori school wanted show their appreciation for all the soldiers who can't be home during the holidays, and let them know the children are thinking about them.
So, Wildwood provided the cookies and milk for the package stuffing session and each kid wrote messages to the soldiers on postcards- some being real tearjerkers. But for a touch of home they added items like sunglasses, frisbees, sunscreen, New Year's hat's, clappers and whistles to the box.
Bay News 9 came through to shoot some footage and snag an interview, and even Big Lou stopped by the canteen for a visit. With everything boxed and ready to ship, the children got the grand tour of the property, key highlights being the arcade and pool area, and it's pretty safe to say the Garden Room hammocks are kid-proof.
The packages are being shipped to bases in Iraq and Afghanistan courtesy of the St Pete Beach Mayor's office and a big thanks to Commissioner Jim Parent as well, for helping make this possible. And of course to all our soldiers, both home and abroad.