Holiday drive for our troops


Many of us have and will continue to enjoy the company of our family and loved ones for the holidays, but some, including little children right here in South Mississippi, will not have that memorable experience this Christmas because their family members are deployed overseas.

A Christmas tale unraveled with each turn of the page as D’Iberville Elementary teacher Melissa McHarg narrated a holiday story. Earlier in class, Ms. McHarg worked with her kindergarten students on a special delivery of their own: a two week drive by the school to collect and deliver holiday care packages to our troops.

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These little ones have already taken their place on the front lines, collecting goodies for our military men and women deployed overseas. “Not only will they be overseas. They are special to us because they are family members of some of our students,” said McHarg.

Among those ranks is Alice, whose father First Lt. John Scurrah is deployed overseas in Kuwait. He won’t be home for Christmas, but he can expect a very special delivery for the holidays. “We were just talking about some of the things we could put in the boxes, and of course, Alice thought of something creative, something that in Kindergarten all liked to play with. What is that, Alice?” “Playdough!”

The school will be collecting donations until Friday, December 7th. On the next day, the donations will be shipped out to our troops overseas, arriving just in time for the holidays. “Anyone can pitch in. We’re going to have a big party and get to fill all those boxes with not only the boxes but homemade pictures and ornaments. Things that the kids have made that are special to them, and we can’t wait to do that.”

If you’d like to make a donation just stop by D’Iberville Elementary School’s main office by Friday, December 7th.