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December 14, 2013

Community helps Cards to the Troops

What a giving community we live in.

For the fourth year, Clinton Community College invited the community to join in our Holiday Cards to the Troops effort, organized by our Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. This year, nearly 2,000 cards have been personally signed and sent to troops serving overseas and recovering in Walter Reed Hospital.

On a recent Saturday, Hy-Vee generously allowed our Phi Theta Kappa students to host a table so that more community members could get involved.

Just as many people did, two sisters, Rebecca from Clinton and Jessica, a teacher aide from Somonauk, Ill., stopped by the table, signed some cards and continued with their to-do list. They were so inspired by the project that they returned to the table to ask how Jessica’s school could get involved. She returned to her school, and got her principal’s permission to collect Christmas cards for the troops at her middle school.

Today, 285 additional cards were delivered to the college by Rebecca, sent from Somonauk Middle School.

Thanks to her effort, an additional 285 soldiers will be remembered during this holiday season. All holiday cards were mailed compliments of CCC’s Student Veterans Association.

And thanks to Hy-Vee for opening their doors to this PTK project. A chance meeting in a local grocery became a joint service project to support our troops and wounded warriors.

Merry Christmas.

CCC PTK Advisors

Gina Bielski

Jane Marlowe

Shirley Turnis

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