According to her mother, Jennifer Rodriguez, Alexis first got the idea when she noticed soldiers with nobody to say good-bye.
“We made our first care package for Dad (Cpl. Abraham Rodriguez),” Rodriguez said, “And she asked, ‘How will the other soldiers get things if they had no one there to see them off?’ I told her maybe she could do something through the school to help them.”
Lewis wrote a letter to Mary A. White Principal Valerie Livingston, and her mother dropped off a shipping box for any donations that may come in. Rodriguez said a letter was sent home with students letting them know about the project.
“On Oct. 21, when the newsletter called for the donations, Alexis came home from school and told me that I might want to go up there because a lot of people donated,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said she found the school’s office was full of donations.
Anyone interested in donating to the project may drop off items or checks (made out to the Mary A. White PTA) at Mary A. White Elementary School, 1400 Wisconsin St.
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Tribune News Editor Becky Vargo contributed to this story.