Care Package Drive collects donations for troops overseas to bring holiday cheer

Vets Center and Student Accounts Office help soldiers with Christmas drive

By Kierstyn Wiley
On November 30, 2018

Photo by Ian Saint: Donate to those in the armed services to help bring holiday cheer whereever they are. The boxes are located in the Mayer Administration Building as well as the VETS Center.

As the holidays approach, many students and faculty have the opportunity and to send non perishable donations to troops who are overseas.

The Care Package Drive is for individuals to donate whatever they feel a soldier might need while away from their families for 12 to 13 months at a time.

"Dental floss, toothpaste, toiletries," said Phillip Nichelson, retired U.S. Marine Corps veteran specialist. "When you go to take a shower, stuff falls. So, small bars of soap, shampoo or conditioner like what you get from a hotel."

Troops who are not able to be home for the holidays like to be reminded of home and how their country thinks of and cares for them, he said.

"When I was deployed, I liked getting hard candies," Nichelson said. "Clean socks and toothbrushes were always good."

The drive is open to anyone who would like to donate items to soldiers in their time of need.

"These items are for everybody" work-study student Thomas Huynh said. "The items will help them get through their deployment."

For students and faculty to get involved, there will be donation boxes in some of the campus buildings.

"There’s a couple of donation boxes that will be labeled," junior Hannah Marks said. "You can find them at the Center for Student Involvement, the Vets Center and in various dorms."

These boxes have been out for the entire month of November in remembrance of the veterans and current troops. They will remain displayed until the beginning of December.

Nichelson said the Student Government Association passed legislation this semester to make November the month of remembrance for the military.

All soldiers are and will be appreciative for their nonperishable items and it is recommended to donate things that they will need, Nichelson said.

For more information, students can email or call 325-486-8387.

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