Daytona State’s Professional Council has successfully completed the first phase of Operation Care Package, an initiative that began during fall semester to benefit college employee family members currently on active overseas military duty.
The council recently collected enough donated items to send 20 care packages containing calling cards, sun block, snacks and other items to a squad of 40 troops serving in Kuwait, where Kathryn Williams, the daughter of Operation Care Package organizer and college research analyst Cassandra Wilmore, is serving a six-month tour. Rudy Perez, nephew of ESOL Coordinator Isabelle Perez, who is stationed in Bahiram, also received care packages for his squad during the first phase of the initiative.
“I was so very impressed with the initial response of this effort, it brought tears to my eyes,” Wilmore said. “Personally, it gave me a special bond with my co-workers who also have children in the military. I find it very comforting to be able to communicate with others who are dealing with the same situations.”
Operation Care Package will continue, with collections beginning in January for another shipment slated just prior to Spring Break. At least two active duty family members of college employees will be selected to receive packages, perhaps more depending on the number of donated items received.
More information on how you can support this effort and the types of items being sought as donations can be found on the Professional Council website.