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Teacher who lost brother in Afghanistan gets school involved with helping soldiers

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(WMC-TV) - A group of Southaven students are finding ways to give the hundreds of Mid-South soldiers currently deployed overseas, a little piece of home.

More than 600 soldiers from five counties in North Mississippi will receive shoeboxes filled with items they may need during their deployments.

The second graders putting the shoeboxes together are led by their teacher, Christine Ross, who lost her brother in Afghanistan just a few years ago. Sergeant First Class Terryl Pasker's picture can be seen on the class's "hero of the week" board.

"We want to show how they serve our country and how we really appreciate them," said student Caitlin Belue.

"The year that he was killed, my son brought home a flier for the 'Shoeboxes for Soldiers' program," explained teacher Christine Ross. "It means a lot to them. The last year they were there, my brother, he just wanted letters from home."

Baptist DeSoto is leading the program for the seventh year. So far, 13,000 shoeboxes have been sent.

"There's about 600 soldiers every year from North Mississippi that are deployed," said Julie Hollingsworth, Baptist DeSoto Hospital.

It is not just students who are helping to send special shoeboxes to soldiers overseas, but anybody in the community can drop off a shoebox. Just do so at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven until October 31.

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