Program benefits troops

Soldiers in Afghanistan are asking for some of the comforts of home, and Northern Kentucky University students are answering their calls.

NKU’s Leadership Mentors have been asking for, and receiving, many goods that the troops need. Ranging from necessities such as basic medical supplies to reading materials, their We Love Our Troops program has even requested Little Debbies snacks and individually wrapped hard candy.

“No donation is too small,” said senior photography major Bettina Adams, who has been with the Leadership Mentors’ facilitation director. However, she added that they don’t want chocolate or other soft perishables.

The program began when Adams’ uncle, who is currently stationed in Afghanistan, asked for a few little comforts to make his home away from home feel more like, well, home.

“He’s not one to easily ask for help,” Adams said. “It took a lot for him to be able to say that.”

From there, the idea blossomed into a campaign; not of troops, but for them. The Coalition Air Force Transition Team, to be exact.

“It’s not even for him, it’s for the troops,” Adams said.

“I would love to see an outpour of emotion and support for the program,” Adams said.

Still, the positive impact of the donations has left its mark on the troops and their benefactors, with the troops sending letters expressing thanks and excitement for the gifts.

“We love our troops, and they love NKU,” Adams said.

Student Life has a packet of information, including a list of requested items, for anyone wanting to help.

The program, began Oct. 2 and will continue through Nov. 3.