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Local youth hockey team serving troops overseas

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A group of fourth and fifth grade hockey players are taking a break from their time on the ice to help members of the military serving overseas.

They play for the Rockets, and through helping others, they've become more than just teammates.

"We just want to have a chance to be nice to people and to show that we care for them," Kevin Whitworth, coach of the Rockets, said.

Over the weekend, the St. Louis County Rockets hung up their skates and sticks to pick up boxes and unperishable goods for the troops.

Whitworth believes it is his duty to concentrate on how his players are progressing both on and off the ice.

"Our main goal is not just the game, but to make them a better human being," said Whitworth. "It's my job as a coach not just to coach them but to make them better young men and women."

So, 15 kids have worked diligently to gather supplies for troops overseas, and they're being shipped out with the help of Heroes Care.

"The organization actually started with a three-year-old and an 11-year-old making a care package," Jon Jerome of Heroes Care said.

That was back in 2003. Now, Heroes Care is in 25 states with 593 outposts across the country.

"When the kids get the letters back from overseas, it's a boost not only to the soldiers but to the kids who know they are helping with the war effort," Jerome said.

Some of those letters get a personal touch, like the letter from Katherine Davis, the Rockets' goalie.

"My box is for a goalie who went to the military and she loves Skittles, so I'm packing her lots of Skittles and I can tell she's very nice," said Davis.

If you'd like to find a way to help with Heroes Care, just visit their website by clicking here.

St. Louis, MO
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