Students will be Santa for soldiers

Students will be Santa for soldiers A  group of approximately 30 students from The University of South Dakota have been given an assignment in Dr. Terry Robertson's Organizational Communication class to create a community service learning project.  The students chose to create a university- and community-wide drive to collect needed items and letters/cards to send to soldiers who are serving our country overseas. The students will set up tables at Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart and Jones' Food Center on Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to collect donations. They will also have cards available if people would like to write a personal message to a soldier. The USD students also have drop-off points at various places on campus and at the Lee Medical School room 202. The cutoff date to drop off at these locations is Nov. 24, as items must be packed and shipped so they arrive in time for the holidays. For more information, the public may contact students by e-mailing The students believe that, whether or not you support the war in Iraq, it is important to support those who are sacrificing so much for our country. The following list is a compilation of fun and practical items students have gathered from past and current soldiers. USD students encourage the public to donate: handheld electronic games and batteries; hand and foot warmers; trail mix, beef jerky, nuts, energy bars, granola bars, sunflower seeds, gum, pop tarts, hot chocolate, hard candy (leftover Halloween candy is great as long as it won't melt – no chocolate); coffee; packets of pre-sweetened powdered cold beverages (Kool-Aid, Gatorade, Crystal Light, Emergen-C); lip balm; wet wipes (baby wipes, Clorox wipes, Lysol wipes); foot powder; Q-tips, floss, toothpaste. Used current magazines are fine (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Car and Driver, Simple magazine, etc.) Also, please consider donating black socks, Bounce sheets and decks of cards.

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