GPC Honors Students Collect Items for Military

04/12/2011
Contact: Rebeca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

For Immediate Release

Toothbrushes and toothpaste. Foot powder, and plain,white socks.

When Dr. Crystal Garrett’s American Government honor students researched what U.S. military troops needed, they were surprised that basic necessities topped the list. So her classes decided to do something about it. They organized a collection drive for these items as part of a civic engagement project.

Through May 3, the Georgia Perimeter College’s Dunwoody Campus is the spot to drop off everything from small toiletries to used and new CDs. The items will be delivered to the nonprofit organization, Project Mail Call, to be packaged and shipped overseas.

Project Mail Call provides care and support to the U.S. military by means of packages and letters and also give the American people an opportunity to say “thank you for your service,” to the soldiers.(To find out more information, go to: ettel.typepad.com/pmc)

Garrett and her classes have also initiated a Military Appreciation Day, this Thursday, April 14. Tables will be set up outside on the Dunwoody Campus, and students will be talking about resources available to veterans and their families, as well as volunteer opportunities to help out, including writing notes of encouragement. The event coincides with the college’s spring fling student events.

“We aren’t asking the students for money,” Garrett says of the collection drive. (Cash donations are being accepted to help with mailing costs for the packages, however.)

The collections hit home for some. GPC has more than 700 veterans currently attending the college’s four campuses, and one center. “Many of our students are veterans and have been recipients of care packages in the past,” Garrett says. That includes James Pyle, who is also one of Garrett’s students. Pyle served in the Army from 1999 to 2003, spending time in Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq. Receiving a care package or phone card “was awesome,” he recalls. “It increased morale. I especially liked the letters and phone cards. It let us know that people cared about our situation.”

For donations, contact Garrett, at crystal.garrett@gpc.edu, or come to the campus at 2101 Womack Drive, Dunwoody and drop off your donations in bins at the entrance to the library, the B-Building, second floor (next to the ATM) or next to the C and D buildings, near the vending machines.
SUGGESTED ITEMS TO DONATE:
TOILETRIES/HYGIENE
Baby Wipes
Nose spray
Eye Drops
Deodorant
Feminine Hygiene
Products (for female soldiers)
Foot Powder
Hairbrushes
Hand Lotion
Hand Sanitizers
Nail Clippers
Q-Tips
Razors (disposable)
Shampoo
Sunscreen
Tissues (heavy duty - i.e. Puffs)
Travel size body wash
Tylenol (individual packets)
DENTAL
Floss
Mouthwash
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
DRINKS
Coffee (instant)
Coffee Creamer
Powdered Drink Mixes
Tea Mixes (sweet)
FOOD (including dry goods, snacks)
Sugar packets
Bars (Clif or Balance)
Beef Jerky
Canned Fruit (pop top cans)
Cereal (in small boxes)
Girl Scout Cookies
Granola Bars
Gum
Oatmeal (instant)
Pop-Tarts
Ramen Noodles-any flavor
Ravioli (pop top cans)
Tuna Kits
GAMES
Board Games
Checkers (travel size)
Chess (travel size)
Crossword Puzzles
Playing Cards
MUSIC
CD Fanny Packs
CDs
Tapes
DVDs new and used
Hand held electronic
games
Sodoku books
Phone cards
PRINTED MATERIALS
Books (novels, short stories)
Newspapers (local)
Magazines
CANDY
Candy (heat resistant)
Fruit Breezes (throat drops)
Twizzlers
OTHER
Writing Paper and Envelopes
Pens/Pencils
Plastic spoons
American Flags (small)
Baggies (with zip lock)
Batteries
Bug Spray (must be
packaged in zip-lock bag)
Duct Tape
Disposable Cameras
Flashlights (mini/mag lite, extra bulbs, lots of batteries)
Fans (battery powered - small - with extra batteries)
Fly Strips
Fly Swatters
Pre-Paid Phone Cards
Shoe Insole Cushions
Socks (cushioned white calf high)

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 25,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For information, go to www.gpc.edu