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Residential students help expand military care package drive

May 2, 2014 : By Joshua Tiprigan/Liberty University News Service

Liberty University's Office of Military Affairs assembles care packages for U.S. Troops who are studying online through Liberty.Liberty University’s Office of Military Affairs recruited residential students to help coordinate a care package drive in April. The office collected monetary donations as well as non-perishable food and personal hygiene items to send to Liberty University’s online students and alumni who are serving in the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan.

The care package drive usually enlists the help of Liberty’s staff and faculty to gather donations after graduation. About 50 packages were sent last summer, and this year the Office of Military Affairs called on residential students to join in the effort and increase the number of packages sent to troops throughout the year.

“We wanted to be able to do package drives throughout the whole school year,” said Melissa Mills, Military Affairs representative and care package coordinator. “That’s why we’ve expanded it through the spring, summer, and fall semesters and are reaching out to residential students as well to get their donations.”

Liberty University is one of the largest providers of online higher education to the nation’s military students and their families. Nearly one-quarter of current Liberty students are service members, veterans, or military spouses, with more than 8,500 currently on active duty or serving in the U.S. Reserves or National Guard.

The Office of Military Affairs provides support for students associated with the U.S. Armed Forces through military scholarships, college credit for training, and other resources to help make higher education attainable for America’s servicemen and women.