Doty said that seeing what the class was able to do in such a short period of time was rewarding and personal.
"It helped that it was friend because it personalized it. We saw that this was something that was important to her and were more than happy to help," said Doty.
Lillian said she is grateful for all the help and that it was nice to see that people cared about helping her father and other soldiers serving overseas. Both Lillian and her mother are hopeful Waters will make it home in time for her graduation on June 24 (he's scheduled to return June 20) but said the most important thing is to keep him and other servicemen in their prayers.
"Times are tough and we have to keep our guys and gals and their families at home in our prayers," Anita said. "I'm lucky because my kids are bigger, but many other families might not have the support system I have."