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Campus Plays Role in Santa for Soldiers Project to Benefit Troops in Afghanistan

10/9/2013 —

Penn State York’s Blue and White Society (BWS) has one again joined forces with the Penn State York Alumni Society (PSYAS), the Consolidated School for Business Community Service Club, and the Mt. Rose Barberama for “Santa for Solders” (SFS).  The groups are working together to collect items, now through Friday, Nov. 15 for a United States Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Taskforce Muleskinner unit stationed at Kandahar Airbase in Afghanistan.

 “This effort is a partnership with our Penn State Alumni Society group and was brought to our campus as a community service project that could get even more Penn Staters involved in sending some holiday spirit to our soldiers overseas,” said Iona Conlon, Blue & White Society adviser and an alumni and development specialist at Penn State York.  “The Blue & White Society is the student extension of the Penn State Alumni Association,” Conlon said.
Conlon noted that many Penn State York students, faculty, and staff members have friends and families in the service and SFS is just one small way they can get involved and help the troops.

This year’s contact soldier, Warrant Officer (WO1) James D. LaCapra, served two tours of duty in Iraq and was most recently stationed in Germany before his deployment to Afghanistan.  LaCapra is married, has three children, and has a local connection through his aunt and uncle, Rob and Maureen Campbell, who are members of the Penn State family.
The military unit to receive the packages has a local connection, as each SFS has since Joyce Turner, project coordinator and secretary/treasurer of the Penn State York Alumni Society, began the program in her apartment kitchen in 2007.

Letters, cards, and items from toothpaste to playing cards to cheese crackers, are being collected now through Nov. 15.  For a list of items appropriate for donation, visit PSYAS.org online. For more information, please contact Conlon, at (717) 718-6781 or email iona@psu.edu, or contact Turner at (717) 843-3291 or email joyceturner415@verizon.net.

Collection boxes at Penn State York are located in the Main Classroom Building near the Alumni and Development Office, outside the Lion’s Den in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, and outside the Lee R. Glatfelter Library in the atrium area.  Donations can also be made during the Penn State Day Fall Open House on Saturday, Oct. 26.  Donation boxes are also located at the Consolidated School of Business in York and at the Mt. Rose Barberama, 1160 Mt. Rose Ave., York.  Monetary gifts also will be accepted to help defray the cost of postage. Checks should be made payable to the Penn State York Alumni Society and sent to the campus at 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York, PA, 17403.

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