B-A preparing Easter bags to send to troops

BELLWOOD – Bellwood-Antis High School is working with Military Families Ministry to send Easter treat bags and letters to local deployed service members.

The schoolwide service project began in early March and the collection of items to fill treat bags is underway.

Students, families, faculty and staff of the high school will donate items such as food or protein bars, fruit snacks, cookies and crackers, individual drink mixes, Slim Jims and Easter candy. Students will also be writing letters to a service member, which they will put in a treat bag.

Students will pack their treat bags in school on March 27, and Military Families Ministry will ship the Easter treats to service members deployed abroad.

MFM is also accepting donations of the needed items, Easter cards or letters, and monetary donations to help cover the shipping costs from community members, groups or businesses.

The project is valuable to the high school students, Principal Lisa Hartsock said.

“This is a great opportunity for our high school students to give back and thank our deployed servicemen and women for all they are doing for our country on a daily basis. We are always looking for ways to help our students experience the life lessons that come from giving of themselves to others in need. Since our deployed troops definitely need our support right now, this project was a good fit for us,” Hartsock said in a statement.

Military Families Ministry, co-founded by Tracie Ciambotti of Bellwood, is committed to supporting service members and their families.

“I am so grateful that our local schools are committed to participating in projects to support our troops. The experience these students will take from this project is a true realization that there are service members who sacrifice to defend our nation’s freedom,” Ciambotti said in a statement.

Anyone wishing to donate items should contact Ciambotti at