Kershaw Co. students make care packages for soldiers overseas

LUGOFF-ELGIN, SC (WIS) - Some 11- and 12-year-olds at Lugoff-Elgin middle school are putting aside their wants to help others. The kids are putting together care packages for members of the military serving overseas.

"We have toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, all this stuff you can use for a shower," said Chloe Horton.

Horton is not packing for a sleep-over, she's packing for someone else. "You need a toothbrush every three months, and they're there for a while," she said.

Chloe's classmates spent the day gathering toiletries for soldiers. As a service project, they collected enough to make 140 care packages. And the packages aren't just going to anyone, they're going to people specifically from Kershaw County.

The soldiers left back in July, taking off from Camden and heading to the desert. The students got the gift idea after a former soldier spoke to their class.

"One of the things he told them is if you dropped your Walmart bag, that would be a treasure," said Rhonda Horton. "There is no trash, it's all a treasure."