As part of the 7th annual Martin Luther King Jr. week of service, Campbell offered students a variety of opportunities to help others. One option available was a project to design cards for troops stationed overseas.
Held in the Wallace Student Center on Friday, the project was overseen and promoted by freshman pre-pharmacy student Sara Boltenhouse, who spoke about Cards for Troops during Connections on the previous Monday.
Students wrote words of encouragement and support on individually hand-made cards. Blank cards were provided for participants to decorate with a personal note, or a thank you for service. According to Boltenhouse, the intent of the activity was to provide encouragement to the troops.
“I hope that this will have a positive impact, and bring a smile to soldiers, knowing that students from Buies Creek care,” Boltenhouse said.
Megan Larsen, a junior special education major, also believes the outcome will be positive. “I hope that someone’s day can be brightened knowing that college students are thinking about them,” Larsen said.
Many students involved have a personal connection to the military.
One of these students is freshman Audria Vickers, a pre-professional biology major, who heard about the Cards for Troops program at Connections. Vickers’ father is a veteran of the Cold War, so the project means a lot to her.
“My family is all from Texas, so I’m a long way from home. I just wanted to share in the support,” Vickers said.
Boltenhouse’s father is also a veteran, as she said at Connections, and Larsen’s father is an Army veteran of 30 years. Many of the students who attend Campbell themselves are, or have been, active duty military.
Each participant in the Cards for Troops activity wished to bring something positive to others through the simple act of making a card, and writing words of kindness and gratitude to be sent overseas. Vickers hopes that the effects of the project will be lasting, stating, “Our troops should know that they are never forgotten.”
By Claire Carrington