U-Mary Lions Club Spearheading Local Marine Care Package Drive


Bismarck, ND-The University of Mary chapter of Lions Club is reaching out to the campus and community to support our troops by participating in the Marine Parents Care Package Project.

U-Mary Lions Club members will be collecting nonperishable items inside both entrances of Central Market on March 12, from 9 am-2 pm, and March 13, from 10 am-2 pm, as well as at drop-off points on campus beginning Wednesday, March 9, through Monday, March 14. Monetary donations are also welcome and encouraged to enable the purchase of more items.

According to Lions Club two-semester director, Sagan Dobie, a senior respiratory therapy major from New Ulm, MN, most-requested items include:

Single-serving size snacks/non-perishable food items, e.g., tuna kits, beef jerky, canned fruit (pop-top), dried fruit, nuts, etc.

(Small-size) pre-sweetened, flavored beverage mixes

Toothbrushes

Liquid body wash (no pump dispensers)

Undershirts (olive green, short-sleeve)

Socks (boot cut, black)

AA and AAA batteries

Baby wipes

Letters of support (addressed: "Dear Marine")

There is a complete list of items that are needed at http://www.carepackageproject.com/carepkg-project-needs-list.asp.

All items must be new and in the original sealed packaging (except recreation items). Homemade food items and those in glass containers cannot be accepted. The care packages will go to various troops in undisclosed areas; so "pocket-size" items that won't spoil or melt are best.

"Receiving care packages from home is something we all look forward to, and it helps to take our minds off what is going on; it is a big stress relief," says Cpl. Jesse Vargus, a U.S. Marine at Camp Lejuene, NC.

"As a mother of an active duty Marine I know how important these care packages are to soldiers," stated Marine mom Sandy Orr. "I remember the call from (my son) Seth in Afghanistan when he returned to his camp after being out in the field for days and he had a couple packages waiting for him. I could hear the appreciation in his voice. It wasn't the much needed articles like hand sanitizer, toilet paper and toothpaste it was realizing that people back home are supporting them. Sometimes there were pictures of family members like his younger brother he hadn't seen in five months who had grown 3 inches, or just little notes of encouragement and stories of things going on back home. I get very emotional just thinking of the sacrifices our military do on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing a little piece of yourself in those care packages. You have lifted many spirits and brightened their day if even for a moment."

Members of the U-Mary Lions Club are: Carmen Dahl , Williston, ND; Justene Dahl, Williston, ND; Sagan Dobie, New Ulm, MN; Heidi Halderman, Pierre, SD; Tiffany Int Veldt, Hague, ND; Ciara Martel, Bismarck; Kristin Mathern, Bismarck; Joanna Oleksik, Williston, ND; Ashley Peck, Crookston, MN; Elliot Rust, Casselton, ND.

For more information concerning the U-Mary Lion's Club Care Package Project, call (507) 276-1971 or e-mail sjorr1@umary.edu.