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Copeland Cares to send care packages to soldiers

Campaign needs names of Bobcats overseas


The Copeland Cares campaign is looking for the names and military addresses of Bobcats currently serving in the armed forces overseas in order to send them care packages in December. 

This year marks the seventh year of the program. The campaign, which started in 2003 with a 30-pound shipment of rice crispy treats, has now shipped more than 200 packages to soldiers. Items mailed in the past included small electronic games, toiletries, socks, books, Nerf footballs, disposable cameras, Ohio University t-shirts and newspapers.

College of Business professor Pam Boger was one of a number of individuals to be involved with the project from the ground up.

"It was one night after a Christmas party in Copeland. We all got together, grabbed as many microwaves as we could find and cooked all the rice crispy treats we could. Then we thought why don’t we do this for our students. Since then we have grown to serve the whole university," Boger said.

The Copeland Cares campaign has had tremendous success thanks to the support from a number of university organizations and individuals that have donated their time and money. The campaign has also sparked attention from other universities interested in doing the same thing for their soldiers.

"We got a call from West Virginia, saying that some of their students serving had encountered some Bobcats who had gotten packages and thought that their school should do the same. And they wanted to know exactly how we had done it," Boger said.

This year a special item will be shipped along with the packages. Each package will include a pizza from an Athens pizzeria.

The deadline to send names and addresses to Pam Boger (boger@ohio.edu) is Nov. 15.