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Students Provide Elements of home to those overseas

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by Lauren Mineau, News Editor

Veterans and soldiers are getting a little taste of home thanks to the University at Albany Shabbos House.

Many students gathered in the fireside lounge of the Campus Center on Sunday, Nov. 4 to support and send care to the  troops overseas.

The SOS & V (Support our Soldiers and Veterans) event featured students and community members assembling care packages for soldiers complete with all the elements of home. The event was put on by the L’chaim student group as an awareness and sensitivity project for college students to be mindful and volunteer help for those in uniform. Local veterans also volunteered and spoke about their time overseas.

Each box was lined by hand with magazine cut-outs of feel-good sayings and words of wisdom. The students then included a bandana decorated by hand, a home made greeting card and various books, toiletries and snacks in each care package and one stand out item — the Sunday comics.

“We put the comics in to make them feel like they have a little piece of home,” said

Raizy Rubin, Shabbos House director.

The newspapers and magazines were donated by Hamilton News, a newspaper distributing company in Glenmont. The group had a goal of creating 50 care packages by the end of the day and any leftover goods would be donated to the local VA hospital for outpatient veterans to enjoy, just in time for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11.

The event also featured a raffle and a photo booth where guests could dress up in camouflage and snap silly photos.

Other student groups involved include Shabbos House, Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center, JSAM (Jewish Social Action Month of UJA NY), UA Hillel, Stratton VA Hospital, Jewish War Veterans Post #105, APO, Autism Speaks U, AEPi, Circle K, and College Republicans.

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