Campus Clubs Contribute to "Operation Gratitude"
Two campus clubs at Penn State Wilkes-Barre collaborated on a project to raise money for OPERATION GRATITUDESM, a non-government, non-profit corporation that sends care packages to service members overseas. According to the OPERATION GRATITUDE web site, the care packages, which contain food, toiletries, necessities, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, are sent to lift the troops’ morale.
Members of the Lion Ambassadors and Students for Justice collected donations on campus and also donated funds from their club’s treasuries. Donations were collected up until Veteran’s Day when a total of $750 was sent to Operation Gratitude in California. Financial aid coordinator, Kathy Pesta, organized the effort at the campus. “We wanted to help Operation Gratitude reach their goal of sending 25,000 packages between Veteran’s Day weekend and the end of December to help make the holidays a little brighter for our troops,” said Pesta. “We collected funds to help cover the shipping charges. The generosity of our campus community will help send several care packages to our men and women overseas who cannot spend the holidays at home with their families.”