‘Operation Thank You’

Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School teacher Toby Allanson took what had been a small family tradition and turned it into a project for his seventh grade civics class, when he took all of his students to the VA Hospital in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to hand out gifts and sing Christmas carols. Allanson dubbed this year’s event “Operation Thank You.” On Dec. 16, students delivered 91 blankets (the goal was 75), 21 pairs of slipper socks, 24 bottles of lotion and lots of liquid soap. They were joined by R-MA Chorus Director Michael DeMato and six of his students. Courtesy photo