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Soddy Daisy JROTC collects more than 5,000 food cans

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Pictured from left are 2nd Lt. Bowman, 1st Lt. Crain, Sgt. 1st Class Harris, Capt. Sheaffer, 1st Sgt. Beckett, 2nd Lt. Potter and Sgt. Snyder. The cadets stand in front of the Christmas tree decorated with a special ornament from each student.

As their gift to the community, the Soddy Daisy High School JROTC cadets placed 5,656 cans of food beneath their Christmas tree.

The students raised the cans in addition to other dry goods in a matter of two weeks with the help teachers, parents and other members of the Soddy Daisy community. According to Colonel Robert Ward, the majority of the food is being donated to the Soddy Daisy Food Bank.