Morristown, N.J. (December 21, 2017) – CSE students are bringing Christmas cheer to the brave men and women serving in Kuwait and Afghanistan this season.
"I felt it was especially important to send our appreciation to the soldiers in time for the holidays since they are away from their loved ones and need support," says Caitlyn Conselyea, '20, Psychology, who helped organize the "Thank Our Troops" event. "I don't want them to feel lonely, but to know that there are people thinking about and praying for them."
Conselyea, with the assistance of Jayne Murphy-Morris, director of volunteerism and service learning at CSE, encouraged students to write cards and donate supplies for service members.
While deployed, female soldiers have difficulty accessing feminine care products so Morris and Conselyea focused on collecting toiletries to benefit an all-women troop.
"Local seniors really helped to collect hundreds of feminine products," says Murphy-Morris. "They brought them to campus, students assembled care packages, wrote thank you cards and prepared them to be sent overseas."
However, this isn't the first time that CSE has led efforts to benefit members of the military.
During orientation in August, a local female soldier spoke to students about the importance of helping others and what serving people truly means. After speaking, students tried on her gear and created over 35 care packages to benefit the troops.