Soldier Thanks Faculty, Employees in Appreciation of Care Packages
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (June 4, 2014) — On Sunday, June 1, U.S. Air Force Major Louis Bellace presented the University with a flag in appreciation of the care packages his unit and others received while stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Over the past two years, Saint Joseph's has collected more than 150 packages to send to troops stationed overseas. Ginny Miori, Ph.D., associate professor of business intelligence & analytics, organized the effort with her daughter Ellie Cardamone, who also oversaw a donation drive at Penncrest High School in Media, Pa.
Reminders of home filled the packages to let the deployed troops know they were not forgotten. Items included comfort food, phone cards, books, games and notes of encouragement.
"The response from the SJU community was really incredible," says Miori, "and having Major Bellace come here to campus was something special. His visit was motivating to keep this project moving forward."
To contribute, or for more information on this effort, email Miori at firstname.lastname@example.org.