Lancaster – Soldiers in Ohio University Lancaster student Tommy Spellman's unit in Kosovo are still enjoying Christmas gifts they got from the Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center in December. Spellman said the letters, snowmen cards and videos from local elementary students meant more to the troops than he can put into words.
"We ate some popcorn today while watching a movie from the children at Pleasantville Elementary," said Spellman in an email to campus. "We spent hours trying to figure how old each kid was based on the picture and the snowman they made. Each snowman was different and matched a kid holding the one they made in the picture. Those snowmen meant a lot. My kids are their age."
In the fall, members of Lambda Pi Eta conducted a "Support Your Troops Supply Drive" in honor of Spellman. Spellman graduated and is now stationed overseas. Hand and feet warmers were collected during the supply drive, as well as items like Tylenol, cough drops, body wash and Nerf footballs. The supplies were collected for three weeks at the Lancaster Campus and at the Pickerington Center.
"The hand warmers have been a life saver," said Spellman. "I am glad the footballs were Nerf balls because I took one in the face while we were messing around."
Spellman left the Ohio University Lancaster in the spring of 2012. He was a Communication Studies major.
"I cannot believe that the decision to go to school at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus has been so life changing. While attending, I changed my major from science to communication, where I met the most awesome professors ever," said Spellman. "Every decision you make in life will have a consequence. I am so glad I made the decision to attend the Lancaster Campus and chose the Communication degree. What makes the professors amazing is that they go above teaching. They are mentors and friends. I really can't thank you enough."
Collectively weighing more than 100 pounds, 17 boxes were shipped to Kosovo from Lancaster.The Lancaster Rotary Club donated funds for shipping, as well as rotary members Larry Ailes and Bob Competti. O.U. Lancaster Emeritus Professor Dennis Lupher, who is a veteran, also made a donation to help with shipping.