Sunday, October 20, 2013
What began as a class assignment to organize a community service project has now evolved into a community organization to support American troops.
A group of six Wichita State University students have formed ICT Operation Appreciation. The organization is seeking to put together at least 100 holiday care packages for troops serving overseas.
"(We want to) show our military, the people that are protecting us, that we still care and are here supporting them," Wichita State senior Kyle Fiedler said. "We thought that was probably one of the most important things to do."
Fieder and the five other students in the group all have a strong military connection.
"I've probably got 10 friends in the military, whether they be active or reserve," Fiedler said. "Pretty much everyone in the group has had a family member or a good friend they know in the military."
The students say their family and friends have told them how meaningful it is to receive something from home, especially during the holidays.
That's why they decided to seek donations and put together dozens of care packages.
"It's great to let them know that we're here for them, here supporting them at home," Fiedler said.
To gather donations, the group organized a "parking lot party" Sunday at Kellogg Crossing in west Wichita. The party featured music, food, and a raffle for items donated by local sponsors.
The group is looking for donations of sundries and non-perishable food or a monetary donation.
"If we don't get the actual donations here or just get the money, we will go out and purchase everything needed," Fiedler said.
The group does have more fundraising efforts planned. Their next event is scheduled for Monday, October 28 at Texas Roadhouse. Ten percent of all proceeds that night will go toward the care packages.
If you are unable to make it to the organization's event, you can donate online. For more information, please visit the organization's website using the link below.