Four Gillette College (GC) nursing students are collecting specific items to make care packages to send oversees to recently deployed Wyoming National Guard soldiers for a school project they call “Sending Love from Home.”
Requested items are trial-sized hygiene items, non-perishable snacks, and reading material containing no political material. The students also welcome thank you cards and personal messages, along with monetary donations to help reach their goal.
“We believe, as nursing students, that self-care is very important,” said Marcy Bowling. “It’s good for mental health, too, for the guardsmen to get something from home.”
The students are asking for community help to achieve their goal of shipping out 120 boxes by Nov. 1. While some of the shipping costs have already been donated, the team will not know the exact total until all the supplies have been collected.
“We are sending love from home to the local guardsmen oversees because we want them to know how supported they are and how much we appreciate their sacrifice,” said Laura Schofield.
The project began as part of the acute care semester individual community service requirement for the GC nursing program. The students joined forces for greater impact. All four are set to graduate in May as registered nurses.
“I know a lot of guardsmen, and we have military in our classrooms. It means a lot to bring the community together to support them,” said Cheyenne Kapptie.
Donations will be accepted at the five drop boxes through Oct. 18. The boxes are located at the Gillette College’s Main Building, Health Science Building, Campbell County Rec Center, Fire Station #1, and Don’s Supermarket, in Wright.
For more information, contact Marcy Bowling at (307) 660-0538, Cheyenne Kapptie at (307) 231-4389, Kayla Allguer at (307) 689-8371, or Laura Schofield at (307) 299-0793.