Soldiers visit Lauralton Hall to say thanks for holiday gifts

The National Honor Society welcomed two members of the United States Military to Lauralton's campus on March 6.

Army Specialist Jordan Belle and Tom Cunningham, both of 344 Military Police Company stationed in Afghanistan, stopped in to meet honor society members and thank them for surprise packages sent to the Middle East at Christmastime.

The honor society organized a donation drive in December to collect items for soldiers overseas. Four large boxes containing snacks, magazines, socks, undershirts, visors, sunglasses, wrapped Christmas presents, and other items were sent overseas.

Belle received the shipment on Christmas Eve and distributed the gifts to fellow soldiers around the base's Christmas tree. The 344 MP Company was one of three units stationed in the Middle East that received donated Christmas items from Lauralton.

The students wanted to make sure that the soldiers knew they were appreciated back home in the U.S. while spending the holidays so far from their families. Belle and Cunningham both talked about how much these items meant to the soldiers, stating, “the measure of how appreciated and needed the items were was evident by how quickly the boxes were emptied.”

Belle and Cunningham talked with honor society members, shared photos of where they were stationed and discussed their journey home from Afghanistan. Both soldiers are from Stratford, and are home after completing their tours. Cunningham will finish his duty in the next month, while Belle will remain stateside assigned to another unit.