by Staff Sgt. Amber R. Kelly-Herard
Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
12/13/2013 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- For
the eighth year in a row, Highland Middle School, with the Air Mobility
Command Directorate of Financial Management Booster Club, brought
holiday joy to 30 deployed service members.
Since 2006, every deployed Financial Management Airmen in AMC has
received a handcrafted box with food, games, toiletries and a personal
letter from the HMS students and staff.
"This started when one of my students had a mother who worked at Scott
Air Force Base," said Dawn Hubbard, HMS troop drive coordinator and
teacher. "It has been a wonderful service project for the kids to show
their support and give back and we coordinate it with our Veterans Day
The students are very involved in the process. Some of them even include
small presents to accompany their letters in hopes their service member
writes them back. In the past, deployed members have sent pictures,
flown flags and written 'thank you' notes for the packages.
"People in Afghanistan won't have Christmas with their family, so I spent extra money I had on them," said 12-year-old Seth.
In addition to donations from the school, this year's contributions
included locally made summer sausage and special requests from service
members such as coffee. The booster club normally pays postage costs,
but this year an anonymous donor paid the nearly $450 postage bill.
After the school completed its collection drive, booster club members
Col. George Coggins, AMC/FM director, and Tech. Sgt. Sandra Schmidt,
AMC/FM warplanner, personally went to HMS to collect the donations and
thank the students for their efforts and contributions.
"The students and staff contribute every year to make this happen," said
Denise Schau, AMC/FM project coordinator for the packages and
Non-appropriated Funds financial analyst. "This is what Christmas is all