Three ongoing community service drives at TTU are part of Mission Serve, part of a national campaign to transform Veterans Day into a day of service as a way of recognizing veterans’ contributions to American life.
“It’s fun and it’s actually helping people,” said TTU freshman John Strahlman, who is helping to run a book drive for pre-Kindergarten students in Putnam County. “It helps children. I could do something else, but this was something I was drawn to.”
The book drive is collecting monetary donations and new or gently used books to distribute to 11 sites around the county. People can drop off donations or create a bookmark from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Roaden University Center lobby.
The other two projects involve students collecting children’s toys and coats, and new or gently used shoes to send to Haiti. All three will be accepting donations until the last day of classes, Friday, Dec. 9.
“I’ve done a toy drive before,” said freshman Karah Frank, one of the organizers of the coat and toy drive. “But I’m not from Putnam County and I really wanted to get involved here, since I’m living here now.”
Though the projects do not work directly with veterans or veterans’ organizations, the students’ work is an effort to have a lasting impact in the community, according to TTU Service Center coordinator Michelle Huddleston.
“It doesn’t necessarily have to be for the troops,” Huddleston said. “It’s just doing something in honor of them and their contribution on a day that is set aside to honor them.”