Some 30 gift boxes were shipped to deployed troops in Afghanistan recently by the Upper Iowa University Student Veterans Club filled with donations from local businesses and the community. UIU President Dr. William R. Duffy, far right, helped pack the boxes.
FAYETTE, Iowa (March 4, 2015) – Troops in Afghanistan will be getting gift boxes soon postmarked "Fayette", courtesy of a community drive organized by the Upper Iowa University Student Veterans Club.
The collections, which were packed for shipping February 25, included donations of non-perishable items such as books, materials, pens, pencils, dry goods, hard candy, granola bars, personal hygiene items, and baby wipes.
Members of the Upper Iowa University Student Veterans Club were joined by UIU President William R. Duffy to prepare the boxes.
"I am really proud to be part of this student-led initiative," said Duffy. "The Student Veterans Club is a new organization at UIU, further demonstrating our commitment to serving students and veterans that dates back to the Civil War. These military students will help us focus our efforts to continue meeting the needs of students in service and their families."
Contents of the packages were donated by students and faculty of UIU, as well as; Conagra Foods, Waterloo; Walmart, Decorah; Kmart, Oelwein; Shopko, Oelwein; and Schemmel's Family Grocery, Sumner. Funding to ship the packages was donated by individuals in the surrounding area, as well as First State Bank, Sumner, and Gavin's Grocery, Fayette.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,800 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 25 U.S. education locations, as well as locations in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.