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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” â€śThereâ€™s no place like home for the holidays.â€ť
The oft-quoted holiday song brings with it a sense of warmth and nostalgia for those who are able to travel the distance, great or small, to be with their families over the holiday season. For soldiers serving our country, whether at home or abroad, the song could stand as a painful reminder that they will not be able to spend the holidays with their families.
Punxsutawney Christian School senior Taylor Davidson is attempting to abate the longing for home through her senior project. Davidson has been collecting materials to send to troops in Afghanistan for the Christmas season.
â€śI wanted to support the troops,â€ť Davidson said when asked why she chose the project.
Davidsonâ€™s project is geared in part toward benefiting the unit of former PCS student Easton Weaver. A 2009 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School, Weaver attended PCS throughout his elementary years.
The materials collected through the project will also go to helicopter pilot Greg Anthony, father of PCS preschooler Hayden Anthony. Anthony will be deployed to Afghanistan as well, and will be stationed there for nine months.
Anthonyâ€™s wife Kristi is grateful to Davidson for her willingness to support the soldiers. â€śHe will really like it,â€ť she said.
The soldiers have specifically asked for Christmas decorations and everyday snacks to help them brighten up their holiday season. Davidson has been working diligently to pack up the supplies and prepare them to be sent overseas to the unit.
PCS would like to thank all of the families who donated towards David-sonâ€™s project. The overflow of generosity is greatly appreciated.