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Glen Crest students collecting supplies to donate to soldiers

Community members can support soldiers who are serving overseas by donating supplies at Glen Crest Middle School, 725 Sheehan Avenue, Glen Ellyn. Donations will be accepted through Friday, November 1.

Donations can be sent with students or dropped off at the school.

Suggested donations include:

  • AA batteries
  • Beanie Babies (which the soldiers hand out to children)
  • Cards and letters
  • Individually wrapped Slim Jims, snack cookies, granola bars, Rice Krispie bars, fruit snacks/roll ups, licorice
  • iTunes or Amazon gift cards ($10 increments)
  • New DVDs (action-adventure or comedy)
  • New packs of playing cards
  • Pens and mechanical pencils
  • Small puzzle/Sudoku books
  • Small candies, such as: M&Ms, Skittles, mints, candy canes, gum, Pop-Tarts, chocolate bars, Tootsie Rolls
  • Ziploc bags (snack, sandwich, quart, or gallon)

Later this year, students in the Glen Crest Builders Club will pack the donations into stockings and coffee mugs. Then, those packages will be shipped to soldiers through Operation Support Our Troops.

The appreciation of service to others is at the heart of Builders Club and the stocking stuffer project. Builders Club, a service club sponsored by the Kiwanis, has a mission of supporting students who want to use their talents and time to help others.

Glen Crest began participating in the stocking event after the 2010 death of Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin Oratowski, who was a Glen Crest and Glenbard South High School graduate. He was killed in Afghanistan when he was 23 years old. Oratowski’s death and the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks spurred the students’ desire to give back to soldiers.

Glen Crest science teacher Katie Picicco, the staff sponsor for Builders Club, is excited to carry on the tradition started by teacher Craig Hofmann, who retired last year. She hopes the Stocking Stuffer drive will inspire students to give back to those that serve their communities and country.

Posted: October 18, 2019