The Ascension Veterans Association recently sent several care packages to local Army Reservists deployed overseas.

The reservists are members of the Deployment Distribution Support Battalion in Baton Rouge, AVA representative Tanya Whitney said.

The contents for the packages were collected and donated by students at Pecan Grove Primary School in Gonzales, she said.

The students held a drive during Veterans Day to collect the items and then donated them to the AVA for disbursement.

Along with the packages, a box of Christmas and holiday greeting cards was sent to troops overseas, she said. The cards were made and donated by the seventh- and eighth-grade students in Glenn Lee’s classes at St. Amant Middle School.

Whitney said the AVA reminds everyone that “our military continues to be deployed to many austere and harsh environments throughout the world.”

She encouraged anyone with a family member stationed or deployed outside the U.S. to contact the AVA.

“Our mission is to support all our local military members by sending them a care package with a little bit of home included,” she said.

The AVA is preparing for its third annual Musical Salute to the Troops, set for March 13 at the Gonzales Civic Center.

For information on AVA programs or events, call (225) 485-7875.

The group meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall on Churchpoint Road.