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Children give back to Mountain Home Air Force Base community

Children from the Youth Center's rainbow discovery clubhouse room help carry a donation tub to a vehicle Dec. 19, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The children at the Youth Center collected food items for two weeks to donate to the first sergeants food pantry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Children from the Youth Center's rainbow discovery clubhouse room help carry a donation tub to a vehicle Dec. 19, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The children at the Youth Center collected food items for two weeks to donate to the first sergeants food pantry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Senior Master Sgt. Makeba Liebert, 366th Medical Group first sergeant, explains where to put each food item to the Youth Center children, Dec. 19, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. All items in the first sergeants food pantry go to base members in need of assistance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Senior Master Sgt. Makeba Liebert, 366th Medical Group first sergeant, explains where to put each food item to the Youth Center children, Dec. 19, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. All items in the first sergeants food pantry go to base members in need of assistance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

A child from the Youth Center places a can of food on a shelf Dec. 19, 2017, at the first sergeants food pantry. Children ages 6-18 donated non-perishable food items to help their community members during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

A child from the Youth Center places a can of food on a shelf Dec. 19, 2017, at the first sergeants food pantry. Children ages 6-18 donated non-perishable food items to help their community members during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Members of the open recreation and rainbow discovery clubhouse room from the Youth Center pose for a group photo Dec. 19, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. After the end of the food drive both groups came to help place the food items in the first sergeants food pantry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Members of the open recreation and rainbow discovery clubhouse room from the Youth Center pose for a group photo Dec. 19, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. After the end of the food drive both groups came to help place the food items in the first sergeants food pantry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Senior Master Sgt. Makeba Liebert, 366th Medical Group first sergeant, helps put food items on a shelf Dec. 19, 2017 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The pre-teen group at the youth center came up with the idea to have a food drive after identifying some individuals didn't have enough food for the holiday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Senior Master Sgt. Makeba Liebert, 366th Medical Group first sergeant, helps put food items on a shelf Dec. 19, 2017 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The pre-teen group at the youth center came up with the idea to have a food drive after identifying some individuals didn't have enough food for the holiday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Master Sgt. Lucas Sanders, 366th Fighter Wing first sergeant, and Master Sgt. Phillip Horton, 266th Range Squadron first sergeant, roll in a food donation bin, Dec. 19, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The children at the Youth Center collected more than 250 food items. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Master Sgt. Lucas Sanders, 366th Fighter Wing first sergeant, and Master Sgt. Phillip Horton, 266th Range Squadron first sergeant, roll in a food donation bin, Dec. 19, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The children at the Youth Center collected more than 250 food items. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Master Sgt. Lucas Sanders, 366th Fighter Wing first sergeant, helps a child put a can of food on a shelf Dec. 19, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. All items in the food pantry will assist base families in need year round. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Master Sgt. Lucas Sanders, 366th Fighter Wing first sergeant, helps a child put a can of food on a shelf Dec. 19, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. All items in the food pantry will assist base families in need year round. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren-Taylor Levin)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Children ages 6-18 donated non-perishable food items from Dec. 1 through Dec. 15, 2017 at the Mountain Home Air Force Base Youth Center, here, to raise food for their community.

The idea began when one of the pre-teens identified individuals didn’t have enough food for the holidays. After staff members explained not every family in the world has the same benefits as others, the children began planning what they wanted to do to address the issue.

“They really thought of it by themselves and wanted to do something that would help families around the base,” said Beth Mosier, 366th Force Support Squadron child and youth assistant. “We implemented what they wanted to change and made their wishes come true.”

The children collectively put together over 250 food items to give to the first sergeants council. The items ranged from soups and canned fruits to vegetables and ramen.

All items will go towards the first sergeants food pantry that will assist families in need during the holiday season around the base.

“This is a great opportunity to show the children the values of compassion and empathy during the holiday season and at the same time do a service commitment that will benefit our base,” said Mosier.