KC Faculty, Staff and Students Donate to Overseas Military Soldiers

KC
December 6, 2017

The Kaskaskia College’s TRiO, Veterans, BASIC, and Criminal Justice Clubs joined together for a great cause as they collected specific items for “Stockings for Soldiers” and “Cell Phones for Soldiers”.

Throughout the semester, students and employees collected hygiene products, and other needed personal items along with certain foods to place in Christmas stockings.  On Monday, November 20th, several students from the clubs came together to place the collected items into the Christmas stockings and 257 stuffed stockings were put together for our overseas military personnel!

The groups also collected 127 deactivated cellular devices for another project entitled, “Cell Phones for Soldiers”.  The cell phones will be sent to the “Helping Heroes Home” organization where they will be sold to a recycling company.  The money collected from the phones will purchase calling cards and sent to overseas military personnel so they can call home to their loved ones.

The stockings and cellular phones were delivered to the local drop-off hub, Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home of Centralia, who will now send the stockings and cellular phones to the parent distribution centers.  Each year Sutherland Funeral Home accepts product and monetary donations for the annual events.  Outside the received monetary donations from the community, they take-on the expense of shipping the stockings and cellular phones.

If interested in helping for this great cause, especially with the cost of shipping, contact Sutherland Garnier Funeral Home at 532-3523.  KC Criminal Justice Professor, Ken Ingersoll, adds, “Let’s step up for our military men and women during this holiday season!  The Kaskaskia College club sponsors are already planning for other ways to help our military personnel and families throughout the New Year.  Kaskaskia College is proud to be a “Military Friendly” school!”

Pictured are Carrie Hancock, Coordinator of Veteran’s Services and Veteran’s Club Sponsor; Professor Ken Ingersoll, Director of the Criminal Justice Program and Club Sponsor for Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC) and the Criminal Justice Club; and Yvette Glasgow, TRiO Advisor and Club TRiO Sponsor.

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