Christmas cards are a way to celebrate the holiday with anyone anywhere. In Chelsea Shower’s third grade classroom, her students were sending words of encouragement to a State Trooper they’ve never met.
“I think younger kids often see law enforcement in different perpectives and so I think it allows them to connect and build a relationship with them,” says Showers.
Each card is for Corporal Seth Kelly. Back in November he was shot during a traffic stop in Northampton County.
It’s a fear showers lives with everyday- because her husband is a state trooper. “It’s a small dose of reality that we should take everyday as a blessing and not take anything for granted,” says Showers.
On Wednesday, Troopers at the Woodland Barracks unloaded hundreds of cards for Ccorporal Kelly created by Clearfield, Curwensville, West Branch, and Moshannon Valley students.
“In my mind I was thinking well we’ll mail down a couple packages here or there. But, this is going to be a shipment!” says Trpr Morris.
These kids are learning that the smallest gestures can mean the most, says Showers. “I think they can see that a hero is an everyday person. Someone that sacrifies and puts otheres before themselves.”
“To be recognized from that many people from that age group, if that were me, I’d be tickled,” adds Trpr Morris.
The cards are being shipped out to corporal kelly this week- in hopes that he recieves them just in time for Christmas. “He’s going to have a lot of reading to do,” laughs Trpr Morris.
WTAJ is told Corporal Kelly has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home. Troopers say he’s already looking forward to being back on the job.