It was long nine months in Afghanistan for US Army soldier Luis Solis. After being away from his family during the holidays, Solis was finally able to return home. He said one of the things that helped him through the deployment is all the care packages he received. "It makes me feel special, it makes me think about all the kids that were over there supporting our troops. They know that we are over having a hard time and pretty much it's a nice feeling when you get those." These kids are part of the National Junior Honor Society. As seventh graders they made care packages and sent them to a troop stationed in Afghanistan. Soldier Solis was one of them. Tuesday, he came to the school to thank the kids for their thoughts and gifts while away. "Words can't describe the gratitude to them. This is a small token of our gratitude to them." Solis presented a flag and certificate to the students for their generous care packages full of food and necessities. That’s something the students said was their honor to do for those protecting our county. "It feels great because they give so much, their courage for our freedom we have and this is just a small thing we can do to say thanks." "To thank them for everything they do. They risk their lives everyday not knowing if they are going to come back and it's just amazing to know that they help us." The school was also given some money from Afghanistan that soldier Luis Solis brought back.