Middle schooler turns class project into class act to help veterans

Published: Dec. 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 24, 2013 at 1:36 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Sangaree Middle School student did a class act with a class assignment.

While most of us were getting ready for Christmas, Alyssa Hendrickson and her family members went to the Charleston V.A.Medical Center to drop off donations for veterans.

For the sixth grader, it was part of a school project.

Her teacher gave Alyssa's class an assignment called 'The Citizen Project.'

The idea was to do a good deed for others.

"I know that my whole family are veterans, so I decided either help the veterans or help and orphanage, and my dad said hey, let's just help the veterans. I was like okay," she said.

Alyssa's dad made up a flier, explaining what they needed for the veterans.

They handed out three hundred of them in the Weatherstone Subdivision in Summerville.

"She planted the seed and we kind of ran with it," said Alyssa's father John Hendrickson.

They ran with it to the tune of four boxes full of necessities for the veterans.

That included socks, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, underwear and undershirts.

"It makes me feel good to help people because helping people is kind of a good thing to do, a good feeling," said Alyssa.

"I cannot believe the amount of people opening their wallets during this time of year. It's unbelievable," her father added.

For the folks who run the V. A. Medical Center's volunteer center, the donation is a blessing.

"This is amazing for her to have the initiative to go out and do something like that for our veterans. It's just amazing," said Vicki Johnson, Voluntary Service Specialist for the hospital.

We asked Alyssa's teacher what grade she may get for the assignment.

"I don't know, about a gazillion A's maybe," said Lucy Ebehart.

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the V. A. Medical Center may call 789-7230.

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