The Mill Creek Youth Advisory Board held two collection drives this fall to support members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
The teens collected donations from the community for Operation Gratitude, filling 10 boxes with 2,445 items, such as pencils, hygiene items, handmade cards and hats. The teens also made more than 200 paracord bracelets to include in the boxes.
Students from Mill Creek Elementary and Heatherwood Middle schools also took part.
A second collection drive was for Operation Paperback, which sends gently used books to service members and their children. University Book Store and Half Price Books were among the donors. In all, about 1,500 books filled 40 boxes, weighing in at 680 pounds.
The Mill Creek AMVETS and Friends of the Mill Creek Library donated $660 to help cover shipping costs for all the boxes from the two campaigns, which totaled $898.