West Virginia Wesleyan College partners with 'Operation Gratitude' to give back

UPSHUR COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) - Dozens of students gathered in the social hall of Wesleyan college stuffing plastic bags and writing leaders- all in part of the schools' partnership with Operation Gratitude, a national non-profit that sends care packages to soldiers overseas.

Kari Park is the community leader for operation gratitude in the area and connected with the school through a student service project.

"One of the students is and she collected a bunch of Halloween candy for me and we got connected through there and it all worked out,"

Serina Hovis is the Wesleyan student behind the partnership. She says she thinks the cause is important because it reminds people of the sacrifices made by service men and women.

"I think it's important because it's not something people are always aware of," Hovis said "if you don't have servicemen or servicewomen in your family you're not really aware of what the sacrifices they make for our country are,"

Together the students packed around 80 bags filled with personal care items along with writing dozens of letters.

To help with the costs of shipping, the school will be hosting a fundraiser before the bags are sent off to the non-profit's headquarters.

The fundraiser is a children's pageant that will be held at Loar Hall on Wesleyan's campus at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd.

And while her school project will soon be coming to a close, Hovis hopes to continue to work with operation gratitude in the future, as a teacher.

"As a future elementary teacher, I would like to someday have my students write letters to servicemen and servicewomen abroad," Hovis said "because I think it's a huge sacrifice that they make for us and I don't think it's something that should be forgotten."