KEARNEY – The Alpha Omicron Pi sorority at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is asking the public to help donate items that will be used to make care packages for active soldiers overseas.
As part of its annual Sisters for Soldiers event, the women of AOII have expanded their project to include collection points at Hyvee and Wal-Mart in Kearney, where customers will be given lists of items needed.
“By expanding this beyond campus and into the community, we are hoping to increase the amount of supplies collected for our troops,” said student Jillian Stoumbaugh, AOII philanthropy chair. “We will have lists of items needed and give them to shoppers. Adding just one or two items to their purchase and donating it to us will significantly increase the number of care packages we can put together.”
Last year, AOII sent 150 care packages to soldiers overseas.
The sorority is seeking the following items: sunflower seeds, beef jerky, flavored water mixes, playing cards, hard candy, crossword and Sudoku puzzles, magazines, Wet Wipes, lip balm, peanuts and similar snacks.
Alpha Omicron Pi members will gather at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the AOII house on campus to fill the care packages, which will then be sent to those deployed.
Donated items will be accepted on the following dates and at these locations:
Nov. 10-12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UNK Health and Sports Center Mainstreet and Nebraskan Student Union
Oct. 30-Nov.1 and Nov. 6-8, 4-7 p.m.
Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4, 4-7 p.m.
Monetary donations payable to AOII Phi Sigma are also being accepted. For more information or to donate, contact Stoumbaugh at 303-905-4839.