Boxes packed up to send to Tyler Parten's Unit

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Almost a month ago First Lieutenant Tyler Parten was killed in Afghanistan.  Almost immediately some with the Valley View School District had an idea to honor Parten.  Students started collecting supplies to send to Parten's unit. 

In the past few weeks hundreds of individual items have been collected.

Students who helped in the collection say they are surprised by how much has been collected.

"They do so much for us and there's not really much we can do because we're not over there with them but what we do give from over here it helps them out a lot," said Cullan Weaver.

Parten's sister Anna Laura said she never imagined this would be happening.

"They've all just reached out so much and to know that I come from a place like this it helps me and it helps my family," said Parten.

About $1,000 was also collected that money will be used to ship the boxes.  The boxes will be shipped out over the next few weeks.

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