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11/8/04- Winona

Winona Students Send Gifts To Troops

The Christmas spirit arrived a little early this year in Ms. Robert's 1st grade class at Winona Elementary.

"We're doing presents for the soldiers," says Jabraylon, " Because they take care of us."

Each student is making a goodie bag for three soldiers from Winona and their entire divisions. Each goodie bag is full of necessary supplies and treats.

"Candy, gum, cards," says Austin who's uncle just came back from Iraq. "We write them notes, and give them socks."

The children's teacher, Chrissy Robert's, who started the tradition last year when her step-son was in Iraq, says the gifts send a special message to the soldiers.

"We want them to know we haven't forgotten them and we still love them," she says.

They kids wanted to give the soldiers these gifts to say thank you for all they do and to make their Christmas bright.

"Cause they don't have nothing," says 6 year old Leland.

"So they can have a nice Christmas," says 7 year old Miranda.

"Cause they're good," says Austin.

"They fight for our country," says Jabraylon.

Every day Ms. Robert's class learns about the good things the soldiers do in Iraq and today they hope their special gifts will send a strong message of love to the men and women serving this holiday season.

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