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Groups Join Forces to Help the Troops through Santa for Soldiers

9/23/2010 —

Penn State York’s Blue and White Society (BWS) has joined forces again with the Penn State York Alumni Society, 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 for a United States Army unit stationed at a remote outpost in Afghanistan.

“This effort started as 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 and, this year, reached out to invite our current veteran students, more than 80, to join us in our efforts.”

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.

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. 12. For a list of items appropriate for donation, visit http://www.psualum.com/society/york online. For more information, please contact Conlon, at 717-718-6781 or e-mail iona@psu.edu, or contact Turner at 717-843-3291 or e-mail joyceturner415@verizon.net.

Collection boxes at Penn State York are located in the Main Classroom Building near the Bursar 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. Boxes are also located at the Consolidated School of Business and in the Mt. Rose Barberama, all in 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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