NWTC students send care packages to service members

December 11, 2013

From wbay.com: “NWTC students send care packages to service members” — A group of students at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College spent Tuesday creating care packages for deployed service members.

It’s part of a project designed to bring a smile to those service members’ faces.

George Wehausen, president of the veterans club at NWTC knows what it’s like to get a care package while being deployed.

“I was overseas in the late 90s. I always enjoyed getting care packages. Cookies, stuff we can’t get our hands on,” explained Wehausen.

That’s why he jumped at the chance to help supply chain management students with their service learning project “Patriot Smiles.

They collected items and are now turning into care packages for service members.

“We had three boxes here at the college and we had businesses and companies. We also had companies donate money,” said student Nathan Whiting.

The students collected a variety of items. Everything from footballs to snacks, based on the units’ wish lists in order to bring them a little piece of home.

“I think it’s good because they’re fighting for our country and they deserve something that makes them feel like they’re at home and not over there without their families,” added Whiting.

The care packages are just one part of the project.

Students from local elementary schools also wrote letters that will go in the packages.

Money was also raised to help children of deployed service members.

“That have a hard time dealing with there parents being gone. So, if they have lost a brother, sister, mom or dad to the war, we send these kids to camp,” said Wehausen.

The packages will go in the mail Tuesday.



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