Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Community College students are coming together in a big way to help the U.S. military address poverty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Students are collecting a variety of items for Victory Boxes—a non-profit organization that collects assembles care packages for U.S. soldiers to distribute overseas.
Victory Boxes collects school supplies, hygiene products, clothes, toys and snacks for U.S. soldiers to give to Iraqis and Afghanis. These gifts help soldiers earn the trust and support of the communities they are deployed in—“one child at a time.”
Victory Boxes was started by Mary Margaret Halleck. She began sending her stepson and his unit in Iraq goodie boxes. After receiving positive feedback from the soldiers and hearing how their gifts to local Iraqi children had helped build trust in the community, Halleck enlisted the help of her friends and began to send more and more boxes to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007, Victory Boxes became a non-profit organization 501(c) 3.
At TCC, the effort to collect items for Victory Boxes is being coordinated by Dr. Melissa Soldani-Lemon. On Monday, May 2, she will be meeting with students to pack all of the collected items in packages for Victory Boxes to send overseas and distribute. She anticipates more than 75 boxes will be completed by TCC students.
To learn more about the Victory Boxes visit http://www.victoryboxes.com/.