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Operation Recon Stocking is Underway

September 19, 2008

Mount Union is once again collecting stockings to be filled and sent to American soldiers serving overseas.

The stockings will be sent to a battalion currently deployed in Iraq. To assist in this process, donations of handmade or new stockings, cards, sealed candy and gum, candy canes, hand held games, small toys and bags of nuts or trail mix are being requested. Items may be taken to the Dewald Chapel at the College prior to October 15.

Last year, AmeriCorps M3C student service organization and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity along with faculty and staff donated or made stockings and filled them. Nearly 50 stockings were mailed to a battalion serving in Iraq.

In response to the generosity of Mount Union’s students, Lt. Col. J.R. Schafer, Commanding Officer of Camp LeJeune in North Carolina, sent a letter to Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service, thanking everyone for the stockings along with a flag that was flown during Operation Iraqi Freedom at Headquarters, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Fullujah, Iraq and a certificate of authenticity.

“On behalf of the Marines and Sailors or 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness during the holiday season,” wrote Schafer. “Your efforts and support have had a tremendous and positive impact on the unit and the morale of our Marines and Sailors. While it is always difficult to deploy far from your loved ones, it is particularly hard during the holiday season, especially for our young Marines and Sailors. Your generous gifts are a reminder that we are all in this fight together, and your continued support is deeply appreciated. Semper Fi!”

“Operation Recon Stocking was such a great success last year that we are excited to do it again,” said Espenschied-Reilly. “We are asking for campus and community support this year in order to provide a stocking for everyone in the battalion.”

For more information, contact Espenschied-Reilly at (330) 829-8168 or espensal@muc.edu.

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