Student Organizations Lend A Hand for U.S. Troops

What do you think of when you think about Thanksgiving? Food, family, friends and football, right? Well, the brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta envision something else.

This past Veteran’s Day, these two Greek organizations worked with U.S. serving service members in Afghanistan to prepare and send food packages for a unit in Afghanistan.

“We’re putting together highly requested items such as flavored coffee and American snacks,” said Stephen Reda, a junior sociology major and programs director for philanthropic endeavors of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. “These care packages will specifically be going to individuals who don’t often receive much in the way of care packages in Afghanistan.”

And what’s the driving force behind this Thanksgiving and Veteran’s Day-inspired service?

“Many of us have personally done work in the past creating care packages or working with wonderful organizations like the Wounded Warriors program,” Reda said. “We and the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta thought this Friday would be a perfect day to show our support in the form of these care packages, with hope they arrive by Thanksgiving.”

Mary Kelly, a sophomore history major and member of Alpha Xi Delta, hopes that these care packages will help to relieve a little of the Thanksgiving homesickness for the units in Afghanistan.

“We hope that these care packages can give them a sense of comfort away from home,” said Kelly. “I couldn’t image being away from my family during Thanksgiving, and I really hope that these care packages give them some comfort in knowing that people haven’t forgotten about them; we more than appreciate them and all their hard work.”

Reda believes that service can fuel the hearts and minds of others to do a form of philanthropy themselves.

“Good will and good deeds inspire,” said Reda, who is hopeful that this act of service in the George Mason University campus will encourage students, faculty and staff to do something for Thanksgiving as well.

SAE and AXiD are also known for their national philanthropies, the Children’s Miracle Network and Autism Speaks, respectively.

“In this time of giving I’d like to hope people remember and give thanks to those who have given so much for them,” said Reda. “Whether it’s a loving or hard-working mother or father, or an individual risking his life on behalf of the Country, we all have a lot to be thankful for here.”

Students can also do their part in philanthropy on campus before Thanksgiving break. Mason Meals, founded by Jordan Bivings, is hosting a food drive for Hunger and Homeless Action Month. By partnering up with Facets, a Fairfax non-profit organization that focuses on hunger and homelessness in Fairfax County, Mason Meals is sponsoring a family in need.

The final collection date for food donations will be Nov. 21 from 6pm-8pm in the Piedmont Multipurpose Room. For more information about this food drive, check out Mason Meals’ Facebook group.

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Student Organizations Lend A Hand for U.S. Troops

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