FAU Joins the Any Soldier® Campaign

Florida Atlantic University is taking part in the nationwide Any Soldier®  campaign, which is designed to generate a stream of supplies and letters to U.S. military personnel serving in any war zone -- with particular emphasis on those who don't normally get a lot of mail from home. The project was started in 2003 by Sgt. Brian Horn of LaPlata, Maryland, who was serving in the Kirkuk region of Iraq when he got the idea of soliciting packages and letters labeled "Any Soldier" to  distribute to troops in his unit, the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Since then the program has grown dramatically. To read about its current scope, visit www.anysoldier.com/

Spearheading the campaign at FAU is Trustee Lalita Janke, who is handling the shipping of all donated items.

Tax deductible donations can be sent to the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service, Room 207, Student Union, Boca Raton campus. Please make checks out to the Florida Atlantic University Foundation and write "Any Soldier Fund" on the memo line.

From Monday, Aug. 11 through Friday, Sept. 26, FAU will be collecting letters and supplies to send to men and women in the armed forces who are serving in harm's way. Collection boxes will be set up at the following locations:

FAU Boca Raton
Student Union, Room 207
(Contact: Jose Herrera, 561-297-3607,jherrer4@fau.edu)

FAU Davie
Student Union, Room 203
(Contact: Freddie Frage, 954-236-1096, ffrage@fau.edu)

FAU Harbor Branch
(Contact: Tina Angelo, 772-465-2400, tangelo@hboi.fau.edu)

FAU Jupiter
Student Resources Building, Room 151
(Contact: Heather Bishara, 561-799-8696, hbishara@fau.edu)

FAU Treasure Coast
Joint Use Building, Room 113, and Library
(Contact: Rochelle Popp, 772-873-3441, rpopp@fau.edu)

This campaign is being coordinated at FAU by the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service and Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI).

Please note that donations are being sought in the form of single, rather than bundled, items. In addition to letters addressed to "Any Soldier," items that are needed include:

  • Individual healthful snacks
  • Hard candy
  • Beef jerky
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Assorted kinds of gum
  • Rice cakes
  • Ground coffee
  • Single packets of Gatorade or Propel
  • Current DVDs and CDs
  • Magazines (men's and women's)
  • Lotion
  • Sunblock
  • Medicated lip balm with SPF
  • Gold Bond powder
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Hand sanitizer / Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Shaving cream/ Razors
  • Dental travel kits
  • Toilet paper / Tissues
  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Headphones
  • White socks / T-shirts
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • First aid kits

Thank you for taking part in this important campaign to show our troops overseas that they are not forgotten.

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