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Mount students prepare care packages for troops

Students put together care packages for soldiers, Feb. 2010
Jessica Scarlata, a junior mathematics/education major from Oceanside, and Charles Lynch, a junior history/education major from Poughkeepsie, pack care packages for troops.

Some 30 or more Mount Saint Mary College students came to Hudson Hall on the evening of February 24 to prepare care packages for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With her fiancée Daniel Newell stationed in Afghanistan, and seven other friends deployed there or in Iraq, Virginia Miller, a senior English/education major from Highland Falls, has a number of reasons to be participating in the Care Packages for Troops Program.

“My friends overseas say it means a lot to get a package from home,” Miller said. “Sending care packages helps them know we’re thinking about them.”

Deb Waller-Frederick, the Mount’s director of residence life and adviser to the MSMC Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which is sponsoring the program, said the students are grateful to the soldiers.

“Our students appreciate the sacrifices that these young men and women – their peers – are making while they are going to college,” said Waller-Frederick.

Charles Lynch, a junior history/education major from Poughkeepsie, has had many family members serve in the military. The students also enclosed notes to the soldiers. “Sending care packages to the soldiers is a good thing to do,” Lynch said.

The students included candy, snacks, playing cards and toiletries in the packages for the troops. This is the third consecutive year that the students have conducted the Care Packages for Troops Program. The program’s motto is: “Bringing a little piece of home to those who are away from home.” The students hope to mail 120 packages this year; each package costs approximately $10 to ship.

The Mount’s many student clubs and the college community contribute to the costs of the program. Businesses and individuals have also made donations. To make a contribution to the Care Packages for Troops Program, contact Waller-Frederick at 845-569-3346 or waller@msmc.edu.

Students put together care packages for soldiers, Feb. 2010
Alex Mayer, a freshman history/education major from Wappingers Falls, and Virginia Miller, a senior English/education major from Highland Falls, sort items for the care packages for troops.

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