In conjunction with CAN DO’s Student Action Committee, Freeland American Legion members used the donated items to create care packages to send to brave military service members with ties to Greater Hazleton who will be serving abroad during the holidays.
CAN DO Community Relations Committee chair and Student Action Committee co-advisor Cal Herring said, “I'd like to once again thank the Greater Hazleton community for their generous contributions to our Operation: CAN DO drive. This initiative would truly not be possible without the support we receive every year. I'd also like to thank Commander Gerald Gaffney and the Freeland American Legion members for their continued support and help in creating and shipping these care packages. We are honored to do our part to make the holidays a little brighter for our service members.”
Student Action Committee members expressed special thanks to the following schools and businesses for their support of the drive: Freeland American Legion Riders Post 473, Lehigh Tire, PSI Group, The Bountiful Company, Service Electric, Leader Data Processing, Silgan Closures, Hood Packaging, Drums Elementary/Middle School, Freeland Elementary/Middle School Builders Club, Hazleton Area Academy of Science, Hazleton Area High School, Hazleton Early Learning Center, Hazleton Elementary/Middle School, Immanuel Christian School, and McAdoo-Kelayres Elementary/Middle School Community Service Club.
CAN DO’s Student Action Committee is made up of local high school students who are appointed to serve as non-voting members of the CAN DO Board of Directors. Operation: CAN DO is being coordinated by co-chairs Ryan Hastings and Jayce Sanchez of Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences.
Additional committee members are: Amelia Bredbenner, Lucy Olander, Ava Ziegler, Mirlenys Rodriguez, Annie Peralta, and Mason Mazurkiwecz of Hazleton Area High School; Kallen Selby and Jaycol Tejeda of Immanuel Christian School; Walter Pavlik of Marian High School; Daniella Vasquez and John Schwear III of MMI Preparatory School; and Timothy Maguschak and Jack Nemshick of Weatherly High School.
The CAN DO Student Action Committee will host two additional upcoming events in downtown Hazleton: the 28th Annual CAN DO Community Christmas on Wednesday, December 1st at 5:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church and the Inaugural CAN DO Community Park Tree Lighting on Friday December 3rd at 5:00p.m.