JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Military serving overseas will likely be separated from their loved ones on Valentine's Day. But a group of Jacksonville girls is making sure they're loved and appreciated on that special day.
More than a dozen third grade girls from Arlington Heights Elementary put on their "creative hats" in the school cafeteria. They broke out the crayons, stickers and construction paper to make Valentine's Day cards for troops overseas. "I'm going to draw them saving the seas," said third grader Gabriela Cutrone.
The girls are also members Girls Inc. The group's mission is to be strong, smart and bold just like troops overseas. This is the first year they've done this project and they say there's a lesson to be learned.
"We want to let them know that there are people back in the country that are supporting them and especially we want to let the kids understand what they're fighting for," said Lavender Morrison, program director of Girls Inc.
Thanks to these kids, soldiers abroad will have something to open this Valentine's Day.
"I'm going to draw a thank you for helping the city and I'm going to draw me, the country and all the people," said third grader Cholie Heath.
Each of the girls knows that in just days, their card will read by a service member who can't be home on Valentine's Day.
Each one guaranteed to put a smile on the face of a soldier.
The girls are working with www.anysolider.com to distribute the cards.