YONKERS N.Y. - Seven-year-old Yonkers student Kaylyn Camcho made a little yellow card with a big red heart, bright rainbow, festive candy cane and a picture of her family on it so that her father who is stationed in Afghanistan will have a piece of home with him on Christmas.
Pre-kindergarten through eight-grade students at School 23 in Yonkers designed and made holiday cards to be sent to U.S. troops and their families throughout the U.S. and abroad. The effort is part of a Red Cross program to collect and distribute cards to members of the military during the holiday season.
Camcho said sending her father the card will bring them together even though they are far apart.
"I hope it makes it to my dad by Christmas," said Camcho. "I was really sad when he had to leave, and I didn't want him to. I wrote a little note inside the card for him to read. I hope it reminds him of being home and with me."
Second-grade teacher Amy Wells said her students really understand the importance of making the cards.
"They know our troops are stationed around the world and because of it can't all be home for the holidays," said Wells. "The students really went above and beyond with decorating the cards and writing some meaningful and uplifting messages inside them. Our troops are out there defending us so the least we can do is try to spread some holiday cheer."
Jalissa Younger, 7, drew hearts and flowers on her card and said she hopes that it makes someone happy.
"I wrote a big thank you on my card because they take care of our country," said Younger. "What our service men are doing for our country is great, but I still wish they could come home as soon as possible. The holidays are a time to be with your family and to be happy. I'm happy that I made this card and I hope they read it on Christmas."