Donations For Troops

By: Katie Kim Email
By: Katie Kim Email

Make no doubt about it...

"We want to win the championship," says St. Johns High School Junior and varsity football player Andrew Mullikin. "We want to make it to the playoffs."

The St. Johns Redwings are going for the win. But this year's football season is about more than just the game. The school's varsity team and marching band are asking the community for donations

"We want to fill one army truck for every home game," says high school senior and marching band member Brooke Witchell.

They're collecting everything from toiletries to magazines to send to deployed troops.

"If they are getting a new deck of cards or a DVD, it lets them know that even though they are far away, people at home are supporting of them," says high school band director Roy Davis Jr.

"We all know people from St. Johns who graduated from here and went overseas," says Witchell.

One St. Johns graduate in particular -- Private 1st Class Andrew Nelson was killed in Iraq almost three years ago.

"I knew Andrew Nelson. I graduated with him in 2005," says Ryan Martin. "He was a great guy. He would always go out of his way to help those around him, even people he did not know."

Martin, who also served in the army, tells us community support is makes the hard work worth it.

"Once you get stuff from home, it just increases your morale a lot," Martin says.

"w=We have so many veterans in St. Johns," says Mullikin. "We just want to give back to them after everything they do for our country."

These students are all about representing their school on the field but remembering those representing our country abroad.

All items collected from home games will be sent to a local group called "Military Moms." They will pack and ship the packages to specific platoons.

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