Ava Meyers won the VFW Patriots Pen essay contest. This year's theme was "What would I tell the founding fathers." Meyers beat out hundreds of other contestants and was given $100 for winning. She donated all of the proceeds to Project Smile, a program that sends care packages to local men and woman fighting overseas.
"I was thankful for everything I got for Christmas and I thought that I could do something with the money that would not revolve around me so I donated it to Project Smile."
Project Smile is in its 12th year of sending packages to those serve.