Meridian High School students Friday loaded a trailer with items they've collected over the past week for service members in the Mideast.
Sociology teacher David Dewease made this a lesson for his students. He said this was an exercise in helping people who in many ways are not able to help themselves.
Students say the conditions that exist for the troops make them more appreciative of home.
"By doing this project we realize, you know, how big of a deal the war is and how bad the war is and how much they need the things that we take for granted," said MHS junior Tommy Sikes.
"It feels great to help those that are in need," said Lakesha Crowell, a senior at MHS.
The items collected will be delivered to Mississippi troops through the American Red Cross.
Businesses are also helping. Roadway transported an 18-wheeler loaded with bathroom tissue and paper products designated for Mississippi troops. The supply was donated by Georgia Pacific's Naheola Mill.
Communications manager said the company was glad to make this small sacrifice, considering the great sacrifice made by the military.
American Red Cross Key Chapter executive director Cheri Barry said she hopes to get the supply to Mississippi troops by Armed Forces Day, May 15.