After completing her third tour of duty in the Air Force Reserves, Longwood Class of 2009 alumna Kelsey Desz stopped by the high school to thank students for a special package she received during her most recent tour of duty in Afghanistan.
As part of Longwood High School’s Hometown Cares program, students in the Late Afternoon Program (LAP) have been collecting and shipping out personal care items and snacks to alumni currently serving in the military.
“I was so surprised and appreciative when I received the package,” said Ms. Desz. “I couldn’t believe that the school remembered me.”
To show her gratitude for the students’ kindness and generosity, Ms. Desz presented the students with a certificate and a flag that flew over Afghanistan in their honor.
LAP Nurse Virginia Golden, RN, launched the program this past October when she learned of a graduate who had joined the Navy but had no family to support him.
“It occurred to me that this young man would not receive any letters, cards or packages,” said Mrs. Golden. “Here at Longwood, we pride ourselves on being a family. Through the generosity of our school community, we’ve collected enough items to send packages to our alumni throughout the year.”
For more information about the program or to donate items, contact Mrs. Golden at (631) 345-9250 or email at Virginia.Golden@Longwoodcsd.org. All donations of snacks and personal care items are appreciated.