Over the past two months, the students, staff and faculty of Frostburg State University has generously donated over 450 pounds of supplies to soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan through the program “Adopt a Platoon.”
The program, which was started by the Maryland State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, has been adopted at FSU by Laura Williams, Registered Nurse at FSU’s Brady Health Center. Students, faculty and staff have been asked to donate supplies through the Health Center for soldiers in need. Supplies can range from all-season greeting cards, toiletries, playing cards and thank you notes. In the first month of receiving donations, over 60 pounds of toiletries were donated. For the month of October, over 400 pounds of items have been donated and shipped to soldiers fighting over seas.
"To have our soldiers out on convoys for four to five days at a time and come back to their station and have a package waiting for them boosts troop moral and shows our appreciation.” says Williams.
Each soldier under the “Adopt a Platoon” program will be given different supplies based on their request or need, delivered to them from FSU by way of the MSCVV. Soldiers often send back thank you letters in show of gratitude for receiving gifts. Terry Whited of the U.S. Air Force wrote “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all the supplies you have sent. Our store was running low on such items and your package helped over a dozen of us here. We are thrilled to have these items as things we take for granted back home mean the world to us here.”
For more information or to make a donation, contact Laura Williams at 301-687-3018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Maryland State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, visit http://vva-maryland.tripod.com/index.html.