Creston EAST Presents: Operation Heal a Heart


Creston EAST Presents: Operation Heal a Heart
2/19/2010 11:05:30 AM

Students send Valentine cheer to troops in Afghanistan.

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
-William Arthur Ward (American author)

The holiday season is one where most families spend time together; reflecting on the year that has just passed and making resolutions about the year to come. However there are a number of Americans that aren't able to spend time with their families this year because of their involvement in the armed services and being stationed overseas.

Senior Jessica B. decided that she didn't want the contributions of our troops going unnoticed especially on a day as emotionally filled as Valentine's Day. After conducting some research on the topic she started a project entitled "Operation: Heal a Heart." The premise for the project was similar to the Operation Gratitude project that the EAST classes orchestrated in December in that she wanted to help spread holiday cheer and well wishes for our troops overseas by creating unique valentines for them during a time period where they aren't able to be in the presence of their loved ones.

After talking with her peers and a number of faculty members at Creston High School about her project idea, she and others began making as many unique Valentine's Day cards and well wishes as time would allot.

On a snowy morning on February 4th, Jessica mailed more than 100 hand-crafted and heartfelt Valentine's Day cards and well wishes to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. Although we have not received any confirmation on their arrival, we are confident that the cards reached the troops in time to offer them both solace and inspiration for the efforts overseas protecting our freedom.

Operation: Heal A Heart will most likely become an annual event at Creston High School as both the students and faculty learned a lot during the making of the cards.
A final thought on the importance of giving back to our troops and recognizing this amazing dedication comes from American author Cynthia Ozick who once said, "We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."





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