GPC Honors Students Collect Items for Military
Contact: Rebeca Rakoczy
|Author: Rebecca Rakoczy|
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Toothbrushes and toothpaste. Foot powder, and plain,white socks.
When Dr. Crystal Garrett’s American Government honor students researched what U.S. military troops needed, they were surprised that basic necessities topped the list. So her classes decided to do something about it. They organized a collection drive for these items as part of a civic engagement project.
Through May 3, the Georgia Perimeter College’s Dunwoody Campus is the spot to drop off everything from small toiletries to used and new CDs. The items will be delivered to the nonprofit organization, Project Mail Call, to be packaged and shipped overseas.
Project Mail Call provides care and support to the U.S. military by means of packages and letters and also give the American people an opportunity to say “thank you for your service,” to the soldiers.(To find out more information, go to: ettel.typepad.com/pmc)
Garrett and her classes have also initiated a Military Appreciation Day, this Thursday, April 14. Tables will be set up outside on the Dunwoody Campus, and students will be talking about resources available to veterans and their families, as well as volunteer opportunities to help out, including writing notes of encouragement. The event coincides with the college’s spring fling student events.
“We aren’t asking the students for money,” Garrett says of the collection drive. (Cash donations are being accepted to help with mailing costs for the packages, however.)
The collections hit home for some. GPC has more than 700 veterans currently attending the college’s four campuses, and one center. “Many of our students are veterans and have been recipients of care packages in the past,” Garrett says. That includes James Pyle, who is also one of Garrett’s students. Pyle served in the Army from 1999 to 2003, spending time in Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq. Receiving a care package or phone card “was awesome,” he recalls. “It increased morale. I especially liked the letters and phone cards. It let us know that people cared about our situation.”
For donations, contact Garrett, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to the campus at 2101 Womack Drive, Dunwoody and drop off your donations in bins at the entrance to the library, the B-Building, second floor (next to the ATM) or next to the C and D buildings, near the vending machines.