After talking with Teresa Baugh, Shelly Faulkner could not believe the frustrations and concerns Baugh was having regarding her son, Pfc. Austin Wade Baugh, who is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

“She mentioned the tough time he was having since he was sick and couldn’t get any over the counter medications,” Faulkner said. “The local store was out of several medications because of the constant demand.”

Faulkner decided to host a care package drive to help Baugh’s son and his four bunkmates. She opened the drive to the elementary students and offered to host a popsicle party for the class that brought in the most items.

“I asked her if we could send him the items,” Faulkner said. “I have a love for all of the armed forces but have a special place in my heart for Marines since my husband has family who served.”

During the week, students brought in 282 items for the care packages including medicines and personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, snacks and entertainment.

“Besides all of the items donated, some of the parents have offered to help pay the postage to send out the packages,” Faulkner said. “The people here are just remarkable.”

Austin Wade Baugh is a 2012 graduate of Early High School.