Words of Inspiration Support Wounded Troops

Friday, October 24, 2008

Saint Joseph’s is engaging in a community effort to support and inspire the United States wounded servicemen and servicewomen and their support staff as we approach the holiday season. The Words of Inspiration Campaign, sponsored by the Office of the President and the University Student Senate, seeks to gather words of support and encouragement and send them to the troops.

All are encouraged to share a quotation, maxim, poem or line of lyrics that has always been of significance, together with a short description or explanation of the quotation.  There are several ways to contribute. An electronic submission box has been created on MySJU, tables will be set up to gather submissions in the Crimson Café during free periods, and all are welcome to drop off their submissions at the University Student Senate office in Campion Student Center, Room 227B. All electronic submissions will later be handwritten by volunteers, ensuring a personal touch. An official submission sheet can also be obtained by e-mailing Sarah Lincoln, presidential intern, at slincoln@sju.edu.

Since the campaign kicked off on Family and Alumni Weekend, more than 100 messages have been submitted. The deadline to submit is December 5, so that messages can reach the troops by the holidays.

Lincoln says the campaign got its start after an Iraq veteran related a story of how much a letter from an elementary school student meant to him in the early days of the war. He has since redeployed, and he keeps the letter with him.

The campaign has evolved into a student and administrative initiative to both raise awareness about what wounded service members go through and give the SJU community a simple and elegant way to share some thoughts with these same service members, according to Lincoln. “We're hoping that students, faculty and staff alike become moved to participate.”

The completed Words of Inspiration will be delivered to service members recovering from injuries at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany or combat support hospitals in Afghanistan.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the campaign. Contact Lincoln for more information.

--Kelly Welsh ’05 (M.A.)

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