Community Service Team collecting items for soldiers

By Heather Cass

Publications and Design Coordinator, Penn State Behrend

Rhonda Reynolds a food service worker in Dobbins Dining Hall and founder of the Housing and Food Services’ Community Service Team, is always looking for opportunities to give back. (There’s a reason Rhonda was chosen to receive the 2013 Achieving Women Award!). So when she recently met Tina Lindsey, who told her about her son, R.J., a Lance Corporal in the 2nd Tank Bn., 2nd Marine Division currently serving in Afghanistan, Rhonda wanted to help (of course).

“Tina told me how much her son and the other guys look forward to getting care packages and I thought maybe that would be a good thing for the Community Service Team to get involved with,” Rhonda said.

“It’s like Christmas every time they get a box,” said Tina Lindsey, who said her son would be serving in Afghanistan until at least February.

The H&FS Community Service Committee, which includes, Shelly Sonney, Char Snyder, Dan Hutchins, Bill Underhill, Renee’ Pure, Sally Newcomer,Bonnie Stearns, Annie Rogala & Brenda Horvath, agreed it would be a great project as did Mike Lindner, director of Housing and Food Services, who gave the team permission to put donation boxes in campus dining facilities.

The team will collect nonperishable items (list below) until Nov. 22. Shortly after, items will be boxed up and shipped off to 2nd Tank Bn., 2nd Marine Division in Afghanistan.

Donations can be dropped off in the “Operation Care Package” boxes located in Bruno’s Cafe, Dobbins Dining, Clark Cafe, Elements, and The Galley.

What should you buy?  Here’s a printable list you can take shopping with you:

operation care package

~ Heather

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