April 6, 2007
Compiled by Katie Taybus
Editor's note: The following is a letter received via e-mail from a Bobcat in uniform who received one of the Copeland Cares packages. Thanks to everyone who submitted names and addresses so that Ohio University alumni, students and employees who are deployed overseas could receive Ohio University care packages. Read more about the annual project below.
This is SGT Adam Binckley from the Ohio National Guard. I just received your package and I really don't know what to say. I can't believe you guys did all that for me and others like me! Thank you so very much.
I really enjoyed opening it and seeing what was inside. I thought the booklet showing the whole process was the coolest thing. I think about OU often. It was great for all the students, faculty and community members/organizations to show their gratitude by sending these packages.
We really couldn't do it without the support. No matter what you believe in, you guys still come through for us. Thank you. We will share everything in the box with the rest of our rag-tag bunch that includes soldiers of the South Carolina and Florida National Guard. They all told me to tell you guys thanks for the box.
Please give EVERYONE involved our thanks. We will be returning home in late April of this year and I will be back at OU by mid-May. Thanks again for everything you guys do for us.
SGT Adam Binckley
SSG Nathan Stewart
About Copeland Cares 2007: College of Business takes active role in helping troops overseas
Ohio University students and staff, including those outside the College of Business, helped organize 30 boxes to be shipped to university employees, students and alumni overseas.
The project was started three years ago when faculty from the College of Business realized they were losing students from the classroom. They decided something needed to be done to show these students someone was thinking of them.
Participation is strictly voluntary -- names are submitted by the soldiers' family and friends -- and any money earned through fundraising is used to fill the boxes, since the university agreed to pay for postage.
The faculty and staff in Copeland bake dozens of cookies each year to be included in each care package. Other items included were small electronic games, toiletries, socks, books, Nerf footballs, disposable cameras, an Ohio University t-shirt and newspapers.
Katie Taybus is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.