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Malibu Students Send Letters to Troops

The care packages included snacks, beef jerky, fruit rolls, nuts, DVDs, CDs, lotion, Chap Stick, toothbrushes, toothpaste, nail polish and toys.

More than 50 Malibu High School and Malibu Middle School students gathered on Sept. 21 to write letters to servicemen and women in Afghanistan at the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu.

The students were involved in an organization called Operation Interdependence which sends care packages, letters and art work for children to show their love and appreciation for what the troops have done for us.

Inside these care packages are: snacks, beef jerky, fruit rolls, nuts, DVDs, CDs, lotion, Chap Stick, toothbrushes, toothpaste, nail polish and toys along with the notes and cards the students wrote.

Operation Interdependence coordinator and Malibu resident, Cindy Linke’s partnership with Malibu High School helps the students earn service learning hours.

The Service Learning program at Malibu High School introduces students to meaningful and engaging civic and social activities outside of student life. During this event over 235 letters were written by students to these troops in Afghanistan.

Kimberly Cordova a senior at Malibu High School explained, “When writing a letter to soldiers who risk their lives for me every day, it’s hard to put into words how thankful I am for them. It’s hard to show all my appreciation in just a few words.”   

Operation Interdependence’s Malibu Chapter has helped support troops with their care package and letter-writing program for more than seven years locally.

Lakia Jackson
Malibu High School

M Stanley September 30, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Great post Lakia! Just one correction, it's Operation Interdependence, not Intradependence. All are encouraged to join these students in writing letters to military service personnel, you can send letters to the OI effort at P.O. Box 699, Malibu CA 90265. Cindy Linke devotes long hours to the effort to bring a little bit of Malibu love to troops overseas as well as their families back home and veterans efforts as well. Donations are gratefully accepted and much appreciated! As one of Cindy's volunteers, I would like to thank every young resident of Malibu who has graciously contributed so much in the past years to making another person's day brighter and improving morale of our military personnel. It's got to be difficult to be so far away from family and loved ones but we get wonderful responses from the field and they love the Malibu input!! Make a difference in someone's life today, thank them for the security they provide to enjoy THIS day! Malibu kids are incredibly giving and appreciative, it is a true joy to work with them in these efforts knowing that they represent the best that Malibu has to offer. Until we bring every one of our deployed service personnel home, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Jessica E. Davis October 01, 2012 at 06:23 AM
I have changed the name to Operation Interdependence. Thank you, M. Stanley.

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