Over 670 Items Donated During Drive for Overseas Military Troops

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Tallies have been counted for a recent 9/11 Donation Drive, put on by AmeriCorps College Guides at Washington State Community College (WSCC).  The two-week long drive was in honor of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and involved putting together care packages to send to U.S. military troops stationed overseas.

WSCC AmeriCorps college guides partnered with the National Guard to send the care packages; they also held a memorial service on September 11, 2012, with hopes for it to become an annual event at the college. During the drive, a total of 671 items were donated or purchased with monetary donations. In addition, several local companies and small businesses donated towards this service project.

americorps-donation-drive-2Colgate Palmolive in Cambridge donated 250 items including soaps, deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. The Washington County Veterans Service Office donated pens, mini flashlights, and water bottles. Family Dollar in Malta donated various food and hygiene items. Peoples Bank donated over $5,000 worth of supplies towards the donation drive, with items ranging from sun block and hand sanitizer to hacky sacks and foam footballs.

Peoples Bank Executive Vice President Rick Stafford says that giving back to the community is an essential part of how Peoples Bank operates every day. “When we heard about the good work being done by the AmeriCorps college guides, we felt compelled to support the cause. We have many bank associates with family members in the service performing fantastic work, such as Anne Gilliland (mother of U.S. Navy Equipment Operator Stefen Gilliland) and Chet Hockenberry (father of U.S. Army Specialist Kyle Hockenberry, who was injured in combat), just to name a few,” says Stafford.

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Peoples Bank employees donate $5,000 worth of supplies for the 9/11 donation drive. From left to right: Aaron Winters, Kristi Shaffer, Chet Hockenberry, Anne Gilliland, Maryann Mitchell, Connie Grimes, Dan Johnson, Richard Stafford, Roxie Neville, and Julie Snider.

Heather Saling, WSCC AmeriCorps college guide, thanks everyone that donated toward the drive. “The total amount of items exceeded our expectations and made our first service project a success,” notes Saling. “We are glad to know that all of the donations are being sent to our soldiers and we look forward to this project happening again in future years.”

The college guides at WSCC are members of AmeriCorps State and National. They are four-year college graduates, dedicated to serving their communities. To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.

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