Troops In Afghanistan Receive Local Care Packages From Worthington Students


UPDATED: Thursday January 3, 2013 11:01 AM

A large bundle of boxes has arrived in Afghanistan all the way from students in Worthington.

The boxes were sent to long-time Worthington resident and Senior Airman with the U.S. Air Force, Ross Johnson.  In the days before Christmas, he talked to 10TV via Skype from his base in Afghanistan.

Johnson said the boxes are special since they came from his hometown.

“Instead of doing what kids do these days, playing video games or sports. They took their time out of their day to put this together, and it just shows that we have a lot of good kids out there,” he said.

The children packed up and sent out 200 care packages, but Johnson is not opening any of them.

He'll be dropping the boxes out of an airplane to troops he said need them the most, who include men and women stationed in mountains and remote areas.

“That way these guys on the ground can get a little more than water and fuel and stuff that normally gets sent, a little taste of home to make their day a little brighter when the airdrop comes in,” said Johnson.

Boxes include items like Girl Scout cookies, candy, Slim Jims, and a special note.

“The letters are awesome! I absolutely enjoy reading letters from students, kids anyone from back home. They're absolutely hilarious,” said Johnson.

Johnson had a message for the children that sent the boxes.

“It's greatly appreciated, we thank you and study”

Johnson said he's already spent two Christmases away from his family. He hopes to be home soon and make up for lost time.

Johnson said that he thanked his mother, a social studies teacher at Worthington Kilbourne Middle School, for organizing the care-package collection.

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