Operation Care Package is a program where students collect various food and supplies for our troops currently serving in the military. East Ridge High School Math Teacher, David Ramey says he is just the platform and the kids are the ones who should be praised for their efforts to collect these donations. East Ridge Senior, Jessilyn Ramey says their program all started 8 years ago and she has been a part of it from the very beginning. Visual Art Teacher, Charles Hackney helps students create cards to send to the troops during the holidays. Hackney says that some of his family has been a part of the military for years and states, “I just like serving any way I can cause they are serving over there, I can do my little part over here.” U.S. Army Veteran, Landon Keith Tackett says that when he received these packages from students, it really made him feel like a role model and someone these kids can look up to as he protects their everyday freedoms.