Tyndall Elementary School students bring holiday cheer to airmen

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - For many students at Tyndall Elementary, celebrating the holidays without all of the family together just isn't the same.

Students hand crafted bags with cards and heartfelt notes on the back. (WJHG/WECP)

"It made me very sad," said Sean Monroe, a Tyndall Elementary School student.

So these students came together with their art teacher to help bring some holiday spirit to those who won't be around family.

"We are so close with the military we have different kinds of flag pole ceremonies and this is just another way that we work together with them and thank them," said art teacher Dana McBee.

Students hand crafted around 350 paper bags, all with heartfelt notes on the back.

"It says hello, I just wanted to say thank you," said student Mia Delrio.

"You are my hero, you rock, you are awesome, so we honor you with cookies," read McBee.

Once students have completed making all of these bags, members from the Tyndall Spouses Club and Tyndall's First Sergeants come pick the bags up and fill them with cookies.

"We have about 300 single airmen living in the dorms on base currently and so we are going to bag and distribute to them Monday morning," said Samantha Laidlaw, a member of the Tyndall Spouses Club.

The bags will be stuffed with a dozen assorted cookies.

"I think they're gonna be really happy," said Monroe.

The students hope this bit of holiday cheer shows some in our military how thankful we are for their service.

"We just all want to honor them and thank them for our freedom," said student Emma Gibson.

"It's really nice to give back to our military," said Delrio.

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