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SUMRALL, Miss. - This time every year, kids usually send letters to Santa, but Sumrall Elementary students are send letters to soldiers.

"We send it to a Mississippi unit so they are able to receive letters from home, said fifth grade teacher, Kim Jorns. 

She said the letters will go to troops stationed in Afghanistan.

"We appreciate what they do for us and how they protect us and our country," she said. 

Jorns said about about 935 letters will be shipped. Once military officials receive them, they distribute them at random to their soldiers.

"It's a great feeling and they want to see the kids cards no matter if they have children or not," said Scott Chaney, a soldier with Camp Shelby.

He along with a few other Camp Shelby soldiers spent the morning shaking hands and thanking the students.

"I've been over there and once and Received a Christmas card myself," he said.

To his surprise, the letter he received last year was from his own daughter, Sawyer Chaney.

"I actually got lucky," he said.

Sawyer said she hopes her letter this year provides cheer to someone else.

"I love it because it gets to go out to my dad's friends and they are fight for us and I love giving them appreciation," she said.

Sawyer said the letters to soldiers mean so much to her because she know what it's like to not have her dad home during the holidays.

"Last year he was overseas," she said. "We miss him very much and we have to hold up and wait.

Jorns says not only is this a fun activity for their students, but it also teaches them a lesson.

"We incorporate this in with Language Arts and it teaches letter writing but also caring and concern," Jorns said.

"I hope every soldier has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," said Sawyer.

This is the fifth year in a row that Sumrall has sent letters to soldiers.

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