Edwardsburg siblings using 40 days of Lent to collect items for military troops

Those who participate in Lent usually give up something for 40 days.

Two Michigan siblings are using their 40 days to help someone else.

This is the second year this family has come up with a project.

Last year, the Halfman siblings donated a dollar a day for families in need.

This year, their Little Hands, Big Difference project, is collecting donations to create care packages.

In hopes to send a little encouragement to military men and women.

Shampoo, candy and hot sauce are just a few items Kirra and Brady have collected for U.S. Troops.

It's all a part of a 40-day project for Lent.

"So we thought it would be a really cool idea so we did it. We have our church involved, sister church involved and we have another church involved. And then we also have our classmates involved writing letters to the troops to put into the care packages,” said Kirra Halfman.

Kirra says they wanted to help troops because of a family member who is in the Air Force.

"We figured our cousin would have some ideas for us and then we realized nobody really ever paid attention to troops. So we thought it would be a fun idea to get our community involved with,” said Kirra Halfman.

Crystal Halfman, says projects like this help her kids stay focused throughout the 40 days.

"We like to do the projects because it makes the 40 days last a little longer than giving up something like candy or pop. 28:54 And it gets the kids way more involved and then also with the community,” said Crystal Halfman.

With just a week of supplies, Crystal says she's shocked by the amount of support from the community.

"It makes me very proud because it just shows that it doesn't matter your age. That you can do something to make a difference,” said Crystal Halfman.

The siblings have a set goal to reach by Easter. Kirra says no matter what happens, they're happy to provide a little encouragement for those who serve our country.

"So we're hoping to get 80 care packages. If we don't make our goal that's great. We've made a lot hopefully. And if we succeed it, we'll be really happy with that too,” said Kirra Halfman.

The family plans to send out the 80 care packages by Easter.

They will be sending some to troops overseas and those at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.

The Halfmans are taking donations.

If you would like to donate, you can drop off donations at:

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic church

24832 US-12

Edwardsburg, MI

St. Ann Catholic Church

421 N Broadway St.

Cassopolis, MI

You can also reach Crystal Halfman by email at:

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