Nichole Hannahs

Caring for the Troops

by Nichole Hannahs on March 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

A project that began in area schools is now asking the community to get involved.

This week marks Americorps Service week. Locally, the Americorps College Guides created a project to help our troops. They along with students have collected items to be sent to the Ohio National Guard Troop currently serving in Afghanistan.

The idea for the project was inspired by their supervisor who’s husband is currently serving.

"It’s something that kind of hits close to home and was something that we saw a need for with the troops being away," explained Americorps College Guide Colby Childs. "This was something we could engage our students at our schools in and also the community to kind of promote awareness."

Thursday volunteers will be at the Colony Square mall accepting items from the community to add to what the schools have collected. Some suggested items include beef jerky, small eyeglass repair and sewing kits and greeting cards.

"That’s something we don’t think about, but they don’t have access to greeting cards, birthday cards, things like that to send back home to their family members at holidays and special events," said Childs.

The community drop off takes place in front of the Sears store between 10a.m. and 1p.m. Childs said they hope to collect enough items to fill fifty care packages. They plan to pack the boxes the last week in March.