The Operation G.R.I.T.S. troops were amassed at the Reed Insurance office on Carter Street in Vidalia for a packing party. Their mission was to pack more than 500 boxes with snacks, books, magazines, toiletries, candy, personal notes and more to send to soldiers overseas. Andrew Keith steps over boxes to carry a package ready for shipping. (Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat)
At top, Becky Gremillion, Judy Corkern and Kayla Sawdy organize items donated by the community to be sent overseas.
Even a box of real grits is packed to sent. (Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat)