Groups Adopt the 307th for the Holidays
the Friday before Thanksgiving, UNC Pembroke's Disabled Student Organization
(DSO) and Student Government Association (SGA) packed
items to send to service men and women overseas for the holidays.
is a show of support for the service men that put their lives on the
line, so we can feel safe to go about our daily lives," said Lenora
Parker, DSO president. "The SGA voted unanimously to support this
The idea originated
with Parker and UNCP student Lisa Wright, who is a service wife. They
have adopted Charley Company of the 307th Engineering Group of the U.S.
has been serving in Afghanistan since July of this year, and probably
won't come home until early next year," Wright said. "I do
not know at this time where my husband is. I have been told that it
is a remote location. His unit will be without electricity or hot meals
for quite sometime."
"I was telling
Lenora that I was trying to put together gift packages for the unmarried
soldiers in my husband's company, but I did not have enough money,"
Wright said. "We started brainstorming, and everybody just jumped
Two rooms in UNCP's
Disability Support Services offices were filled
to the brim with boxes and donated items, including packaged foods,
toiletries, books, magazines and baby wipes.
When they are out
in the desert, baby wipes may be the only way to bathe, Wright explained.
"We were looking for high protein foods and snack foods too. When
they are not in caves and minefields, they get bored, so we wanted reading
material, cards and games."
The complete wish
list consists of items that the service men and women needed. Cash donations
will also be accepted and will be used only to assist with the shipping
costs of each care package. If interested, please call: 910.521.5276.
The response was
"I am so proud
of my school," Wright said. "I appreciate what they are doing
for my husband and his company."
were also impressed with the outpouring of aid.
has been met with overwhelming support, on and off campus," said
Mary Helen Walker, director of UNCP's Disability Support Services. "Our
troops badly need support like this from home. Conditions are harsh,
and they are lonely, especially over the holidays.
Food Lion, Winn-Dixie,
Walmart, Wise Foods, the Beef Jerkey Outlet, Med Rx and Lowe's Food
made donations. Campbell Soup donated 480 cans of soup, three for each
Here is a list of
items collected for the soldiers:
Zip lock bags (any size), baby wipes, toilet paper, non-disposable razors,
shaving cream, playing cards, deodorant, travel size shampoo, books
(science fiction, westerns, mysteries, war stories, etc.), magazines
(sports, Field and Stream, tattoo, motorcycle and car, Reader's Digest,
Maxim, FHM, Outdoor Living, etc.), comic books (Spiderman, X-men, Superman,
Wolverine, etc.), crossword puzzle books, word search books, envelopes,
stationary, pens and letters
canned tuna and chicken, crackers, peanut butter, cheese and crackers,
Kool-Aid with sugar, juice box drinks, chips (any kind), snack cakes
and bars, poptarts, beef jerky/beef sticks, trail mixes, packaged cookies,
snack-pack puddings, popcorn in a bag, candy (any kind), Campbell's
soup to go, peanuts, chewing gum and canned foods.
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