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Thoughtfulness comes from tiny hands

Master Sgt. Thomas Mitchell, 114th Maintenance Squadron, recieves a care package from Rowan Alberts at Joe Foss Field, S.D. June 7.  Rowan and other children from the Open Arms Christian Child Center visited the base to distribute care packages they put together for deployed members. (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nancy Ausland)(RELEASED)

Master Sgt. Thomas Mitchell, 114th Maintenance Squadron, recieves a care package from Rowan Alberts at Joe Foss Field, S.D. June 7. Rowan and other children from the Open Arms Christian Child Center visited the base to distribute care packages they put together for deployed members. (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nancy Ausland)(RELEASED)

Members of the South Dakota Air National Guard are photographed with children from the Open Arms Christian Child Care Center at Joe Foss Field June 7.  The children visited the base to distribute care package they put together for the deployed members of the unit.  (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nancy Ausland)(RELEASED)

Members of the South Dakota Air National Guard are photographed with children from the Open Arms Christian Child Care Center at Joe Foss Field June 7. The children visited the base to distribute care package they put together for the deployed members of the unit. (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nancy Ausland)(RELEASED)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A group of preschoolers from Open Arms Christian Child Center in Sioux Falls took a field trip to present care packages to airmen of the 114th Fighter Wing on June 7.
 
Stacy Meyer, Open Arms Director, requested that the care packages be presented to service members by the children. Meyer explained how the experience would specifically tie into their lesson plan that featured Memorial Day.

"This really helps them to be better citizens," said Meyer. "I think for them, it just puts a nice bow on a whole lesson package."

Meyer felt that the 'visual' of the children giving the crafts and thank yous to uniformed members would be a great teaching moment and have a meaningful affect on her students.

"At this age they need those concrete concepts," explained Meyer. "Every time the planes fly over our daycare, they will remember being in the hanger, meeting the airmen and handing them the packages."

Teresa Dennis accompanied her daughter to the base. "We have family in the guard and my daughter has been looking forward to this all week, said Meyer. "It is better for the children to deliver the boxes personally rather than sending them in the mail. They learn a lot."

The children got a tour of an F-16 and finished their day at the base with a look inside the cockpit.