With public support, students at Chandler's Santan Junior High School have collected thousands of items to send to Marines serving overseas.
Social studies teacher Elizabeth Hamilton launched the initiative to help her husband's platoon after he deployed this fall shortly after their wedding. Hamilton said several Walgreens stores donated nearly 5,000 items.
The Red Mountain Tea Party out of Mesa donated an entire car full of merchandise and enough money to mail 60 boxes. Hamilton sent out the first boxes earlier this month.