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Mayo High School students helping troops overseas

The program started in 2005 and continues to help soldiers today.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2018 4:00 PM
Updated: Oct. 18, 2018 4:04 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - US soldiers are getting a little piece of home all thanks to students at Mayo High School. 

It's called Operation Hometown Gratitude. It's a school club where students send care packages to US soldiers deployed overseas. 

"We send toiletries, home goods, a little bit of home for people who need that," Mohamed Jeilani, a student with the program, said. 

Teacher Gary Komanieki leads the club. 

"I tell the kids when they pack a box, pack it with love, because it might be the last thing somebody sees from home," he said. 

The club's latest package went to LT. Ella Farley, a MHS graduate herself. 

LT. Farley shared the packages with her soliders and sent a letter back to the students saying thank you. It can be read here

The students said it's letters like these that keep the operation going. 

"Someone's having a bad day, you give them something...that enjoyment you get, it's not only for them, it's for you too," Jeilani said. "It's pretty amazing."

If you want to help the operation, you can reach out to Mayo High School and ask for Mr. Komanieki. 

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