Stover, who said students in her class have put together 12 boxes, has relatives from McDowell County.
"It's just amazing seeing people want to help those who are less fortunate," she said before stuffing some packets of animal cookies into the bin.
Carney has gotten students from Poca and Nitro high schools to participate and hopes other schools will join in and help the effort.
The boxes need to be packed up by Dec. 15. "That's the absolute deadline," she said.
Carney plans to personally transport the boxes to McDowell.
"I want them to know this really means a lot to us," she said.
"We're helping our own state, which benefits everyone," said freshman Jada Kuhn.
Faith Burchett, a senior, agreed, "We have to take care of our own."
For more information about how to donate, visit a Facebook page dedicated to the project at www.facebook.com/McDowellShoeboxes.
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