The Pack & Send Drive at Sierra High will bring a little something from back home to the U.S. troops stationed abroad.
“We partnered with the Cpl. Charles O. Palmer II Memorial Support Program,” said Social Science teacher Jared Rio, who, earlier in the school year, helped spearhead a similar-type effort to help victims of the Camp Fire in the Paradise area.
Some 50 plus students from throughout the Manteca Unified school site spent the past week or so collecting non-perishable food items, snacks, toiletries, etc. necessary for the care packages.
They also spent a few days at nearby Dollar Tree store, picking up care-package goods and encouraging others to get involved.
Last Friday, Chuck and Teri Palmer were overwhelmed by the generosity.
“This is great,” said Chuck Palmer, who estimated getting another 125 care packages to the cause.
The Palmers started this endeavor in memory of their late son. For the past 10 years, the local box-packing efforts from SHS and others have amassed nearly 24,000 — troops look forward to receiving these care packages that remind of them of home, according to Palmer.