As the holiday season approaches, Moraine Park Technical College is offering a simple way to give back and show support for the men and women who are serving our country overseas.

In order to make their time a little more enjoyable away from home this holiday season, students and staff from Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus are conducting a “Christmas in a Shoebox” drive with donations being accepted until Friday, Nov. 4.

Donations can be dropped off at room K-323 on the Beaver Dam campus, or with the Student Veteran Specialist in room C-003.3 at the Fond du Lac campus Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Moraine Park’s goal is to collect enough items to fill 50 shoeboxes and have them in the hands of servicemen and women stationed overseas by the holidays.

The packages will be assembled on Nov. 9 on the Beaver Dam campus and students and staff will also have the opportunity to fill out note cards to send a personal message of encouragement, or holiday wishes.

Items donated should be new and no larger than shoe box-sized. Suggestions would be personal hygiene items like deodorant, eye drops, Q-tips, and baby wipes. Snacks consisting of beef jerky, sunflowers seeds, nuts, granola bars and flavored drink mixes as well as miscellaneous items like current magazines, batteries, paperbacks books and small travel games are great ways to let the service members know they’re remembered and helps bring a little joy around the holidays.

Moraine Park’s 2016 “Christmas in a Shoebox” drive is in partnership with Bright Futures of Beaver Dam, an organization that provides employment solutions for people with disabilities, and Support the Troops WI of Hartford, which helps send care packages to military members.

The College is hosting several military-themed events throughout the academic year as part of its “Year of the Student Veteran” initiative. For more information on Moraine Park’s veteran services, visit morainepark.edu/veterans.

For questions on “Christmas in a Shoebox,” contact Lisa Manuell at lmanuell@morainepark.edu or 920-887-4462.