February 14, 2011

Inter-Greek Council collecting items for troops

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- You can show a little love and support for American troops around the world by participating in a February project from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Inter-Greek Council.

The council is sponsoring Valentines for Troops Month, accepting donations of assorted items military personnel really want and need. Collection boxes are now located in various locations throughout the campus, including the Student Development Office on the third floor of the Student Center, in residence halls, Greek Row housing, Morris Library, the Army and Air Force ROTC buildings and in the college academic buildings (usually in the Dean’s office or the advisement office).

People can donate clothing, sporting equipment, toiletries, non-perishable food items and miscellaneous stationery/electronic items. Needed items include athletic team T-shirts, socks, shorts, baseball caps, sunglasses, sweatshirts, sweatpants (sizes M-XL), flip-flops, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs and gloves, blankets, gum, candy, cookies, powdered drink mix packets, coffee packets, sugar packets, powdered creamer, crackers, peanut butter (28 ounce or smaller in plastic jars), beef jerky, chips, pretzels, toilet paper, eye drops, foot powder, wet wipes, shaving kits, lip balm, nail kits, pencils, pens, paper, books, puzzle books, magazines, AA and AAA batteries, small first aid kits, chewing tobacco, phone cards, I-Tunes cards, DVD movies, disposable cameras, computer memory sticks and similar items.

The donation boxes will be in place at least through Feb. 28 and perhaps as much as a week longer, according to Dan Wilczak, philanthropy chairperson for the Inter-Greek Council. He said the council will send all donated items to troops overseas.

The Inter-Greek Council is accepting monetary donations to help cover shipping costs. To donate postage funds, visit the Student Development Office on the third floor of the Student Center of mail the funds, denoting that they are for Valentines for troops, to: Andy Morgan, Student Center, Mail Code 4425, 1255 Lincoln Drive, Room 305, Carbondale, IL 62901.

For more information, contact Student Development at 618/453-5714 or Wilczak at 847/401-4909.