Between packets of hot chocolate and tubes of lip balm, sixth-graders from Temple Bat Yahm’s religious school tucked personal letters into care packages heading this week to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
“I told them basic stuff, like where I live and what I like to do. I also tried to ask a lot of questions, too,” said 12-year-old Alex Roude, who attends school at Vista Verde Elementary.
“I hope they write back,” Alex said.
The students stuffed boxes of goodies for troops as part of the Newport Beach temple’s annual Mitzvah Day program. It’s a day where temple members perform good deeds for the community, like collecting clothing for the needy and making lunches for homeless people.