TU launches project for military care packages

Monday, November 11, 2013

TU Campus Security collecting items for U.S. service men and women

In honor of Veterans Day and those who have served our country, Campus Security officers at The University of Tulsa have begun accepting donations for care packages that will be sent to U.S. service men and women later this year.

American FlagThe effort is being organized by the TU chapter of Psi Chi, an international psychology honor society, and the group's treasurer, Chase Winterberg.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to hand off items to TU officers while they patrol campus or to bring items to the Campus Security office on the east side of Mabee Gym. At the end of November, all of the collections will be taken to a distribution point in Broken Arrow to be packaged and mailed to military members overseas.

Some of the items requested by troops include protein powder, protein bars, K-Cups for Keurig machines (coffee, tea, hot cocoa), powdered drink mix (Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light), tuna and chicken salad in foil pouches or ready-to-eat kits (no cans), beef jerky, Slim Jims, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. For a complete list of items, please go to http://www.give2thetroops.org/items.htm. Also please consider including a letter or card with your donation.

"Care packages with familiar items from home can make a big difference to soldiers stationed overseas. It's heart-warming to know citizens appreciate the often difficult work of the military. And small comforts help ease the time spent away from family and friends," said Joseph Timmons, director of TU Campus Security.

Capt. James Eric Palmer