Mississippi Students Find A Better Use For Their Shoeboxes

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(Southaven, MS) Some of Mississippi's youngest are showing their support for the troops.

Several area schools are once again partnering up with Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto and Mississippi Project Package for the annual Shoeboxes for Soldiers.

Students are putting together shoeboxes filled with treats and much-needed personal supplies.

The shoeboxes will be given to the Mississippi Army National Guard at a Veterans Day event at the hospital

Christine Ross has asked her second graders at Northpoint Christian School  to participate.

Her brother was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2009.

Ross want hers students to understand the sacrifices made for this country and what it means to be a hero, "I have a hero of the week.  The kids have to think about who their hero is. I talk about Terry how he is my hero and served the Lord and he took a stand for God over there and served our country."

Over the last six years, North Mississippi students have put together around 13,000 shoeboxes for soldiers.

They are hoping this will let soldiers who are overseas know someone is thinking about them and is thankful for what they are doing.

"I think they are going to be really happy," said Brooke Hollingsworth.

There are around 700 hundred troops deployed from Mississippi.

The school that collects the most shoeboxes will be awarded $1,000 from Baptist for its physical education or health program.