WYLIE (CBSDFW.COM) –  Our servicemen and women appreciate the cards and care packages sent to them overseas. Today, students at Harrison Intermediate School in Wylie I.S.D. were on the receiving end of some of that care and compassion.

Colonel Sam Grable is back in North Texas for two short weeks of R and R. He chose to spend some of that precious time at the school where his two children attend, speaking about service and sacrifice–lessons these students had already put into practice.

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As part of Operation Kindness students and staff shipped care packages over the holidays to soldiers in Afghanistan, an effort organized by sixth grader Brittany Blythe.

“We sent beef jerky, puzzles, and games, so that they’re not bored all the time,” explained Blythe.

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Blythe shares a class with Colonel Gable’s daughter, which she says gave her extra motivation to reach out.

“It made me feel really good, knowing the person and that their parents are away. It makes you feel better to help them,” she said.

The students’ care packages were shared with hundreds of troops through the Airman’s Attic at Kandahar Airfield. More importantly, Grable said the student’s efforts touched their hearts.  “You gave the opportunity for us Afganistan folks to enjoy something from home and show that you folks care.”

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Colonel Sam Grable serves with the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield.