By: Therese Porod
Students of Management (MGT) 300 are conducting Operation Support Our Troops and collecting donations in Lisle to be sent to the U.S. Troops in Afghanistan and other areas.
For over four years, students in the course have been organizing a drive for non-profit organizations. The drive is currently taking place and ends on Nov. 23. Donation boxes have been placed in Scholl Hall and in companies all over Lisle, such as Walgreens, Jewel and Costco.
Donations accepted include canned goods, non-perishable foods, toiletries, writing and reading materials and cash, which will be used to buy more items for the troops. Last year, students collected $1,205 in cash, $175 in gift card and 2,211 pounds of donations.
“The students feel not only have they really learned about management through this project, but they take great pride in accomplishing their goals for others who are less fortunate than themselves,” stated Linda Kanter, professor of MGT 300, who has been involved with Operation Support Our Troops program.
Through this project, students enrolled in MGT 300 are given the opportunity to apply the material in their textbook to reality. ”We can make their living arrangements more comfortable,” said junior Kevin Crowley.
“The project helps various non-profit organizations. Therefore, students learn about service learning, corporate responsibility and about being socially responsible,” stated Kanter.
“It feels good to be part of something to help out our troops. We have raised so much already and it’s great to see how many people are contributing to this cause,” said junior Cristina De Leon.
Kanter adds, “often times we fail to realize there are people less fortunate in our community then we are at the time, so by becoming aware of those in need, students consider becoming greater community contributors.”
By extending Operation Support Our Troops to the rest of the Lisle area, they are increasing the amount of donations, while bringing together the rest of the community for a good cause just in time for Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.
Freshman Abby Sattler says “It’s a really good program for supporting our troops. It really brings the community together and shows how much we all truly care about our troops.”
“We are really trying to incorporate the whole community. We’ve received donations from various places like at our jobs or stores like Costco,” De Leon continued. “It doesn’t matter what or how much a person contributes. Every little thing helps.”