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WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — The Steelers are paying it forward to veterans and their families in Pittsburgh.

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Some of the players volunteered with Operation Troop Appreciation on Wednesday.

The program provides essentials for veterans returning home.

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The players loaded up everything from bedding to pots and pans at the charity’s warehouse in West Mifflin.

“I didn’t realize this existed, a few of the other players didn’t either. It’s awesome the things they do, how organized they are, and how helpful they are doing this for our troops,” said Jerald Hawkins, a Steeler offensive lineman.

Hawkins’ two brothers both currently serve in the Army.

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Operation Troop Appreciation also provides care packages and essentials to 161,000 deployed troops.