Published: Feb 13, 2014 3:15 PM EST
Updated: Feb 13, 2014 5:26 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A group of students in Fort Myers is sending their love all the way to Afghanistan.

Students at Orangewood Elementary stuffed dozens of boxes to send as care packages to U.S. soldiers.

The boxes were packed to the brim with food, toiletries, novelties and hundreds of handwritten letters from students.

Some students told WINK News that they found the project especially meaningful.

"They're actually sending care packages to my family and people that are actually serving for us," said Anna Hodges, an Orangewood student whose father and uncle are currently deployed.

The Orangewood community has assembled over 100 boxes since late 2012, when a teacher's son was deployed to Afghanistan and wrote a letter home, asking for basic necessities.

"He wanted toilet paper and baby wipes and shampoo," the soldier's mother, Rhonda Kerr, said. "Just the basics. That's when it really hit me that we can really do a lot to help people."