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Coffee Donations Sought for Veterans Day of Service

To celebrate Old Dominion University's second annual Veterans Day of Service, the Center for Service and Civic Engagement is collecting donations of coffee in sealed cans and bags through Friday, Nov. 11, to donate to veterans, active-duty personnel and their families as a special thank you for their service.

The coffee collection is being held in conjunction with Public Service Week (PSW), an event run by the College of Business and Public Administration's Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration. Coffee collections will be held at every PSW event.

The coffee drive will culminate with a Veterans Day of Service on Nov. 11. At 11 a.m., volunteers will gather in Webb Center to organize and box the coffee donations, and write letters of appreciation to active-duty personnel and their families, as part of Blue Star Families' Operation Appreciation.

Sun Coffee Roasters, the licensed coffee maker for the university, has donated 500 pouches to aid in the efforts of this event.

Members of the campus community can donate coffee at the Center for Service and Civic Engagement office in Webb Center or at any of the Public Service Week events. Those who would like to volunteer to bag coffee and write letters of appreciation at 11 a.m. on 11/11/11 should visit http://studentaffairs.odu.edu/osal/community/veteransdayofservice.shtml.

Veterans Day of Service, a program of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement (a component of the Office of Student Activities and Leadership), is co-sponsored by ODU's Office of Community Engagement. Blue Star Families and Give An Hour are taking part in the activity as community partners.

For more information, email volunteer@odu.edu or call 683-6948.

Blue Star Families is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization created by military families for military families. Their signature program, Operation Appreciation, allows members of the community to support military families by sending them cards expressing heartfelt thanks, solidarity or good old-fashioned encouragement. The writer can choose to write a card to an active-duty member of the military, a veteran or a family member.

For more information visit www.bluestarfam.org.

This article was posted on: November 7, 2011

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