WJU English Honor Society Collections Help Military Serving Overseas

  WJU Communications
  Thursday, April 5, 2018 8:09 AM
  Service, WJU News

Wheeling, WV

This February and March, Wheeling Jesuit University’s chapter of the International English Honor Society collected more than 1,000 items for a local non-profit organization that helps U.S. troops. The items were taken to Boatsie’s Boxes of Wheeling, which will ship the items to military personnel who are serving overseas.

aog-2.jpgAccording to Dr. Amy Phillips, assistant professor of English, English Honor Society students are required to undertake one service project per semester. In October, the English students assisted St. Michael Parish School’s annual Angel Walk. The spring project was collecting the items for Boatsie’s Boxes.

Photo Caption: Members of WJU’s International English Honor Society helped a local non-profit this year. Shown displaying some of the 1,100 items collected are:Brett Dipuma, Nickolas Nevius, Felicity Nolder, Hanna Little, and Liz Potts. Not shown are honor society members Scott Gwyn and Anne Frankovitch.  

“I would like to thank members of the Wheeling Jesuit community for their generous donations to the English Honor Society’s service project. The generosity of employees and students made this meaningful project a success,” Dr. Phillips added.

She said the students asked the WJU community to donate items. Students distributed a list of approved items that non-profit organizations send to military personnel. The list included toiletries and personal items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, dental floss, razors, socks, winter hats, batteries and tissues.

Students delivered the donations prior to Easter break.

“WJU’s mission instills within our students the importance of becoming ‘men and women in service to others,’ and I want our English Honor Students to value both academic excellence and service to the community,” Dr. Phillips said.

Boatsie’s Boxes was founded in 2004 by Gail “Boatsie” VanVranken after her son Patrick, who serves in the Air Force, forwarded an urgent request asking for items for troops in Baghdad hospitals. Fourteen years later, Boatsie’s Boxes continues to support military men and women – sending them boxes filled with items that bring them comfort while deployed.




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