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Clarkson University Groups Send Gifts to Overseas Service Personnel

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The Clarkson Guard, Clarkson’s Army ROTC Battalion, the Clarkson Alumni Association and the University again teamed up this holiday season to send gifts, greetings, and prayers to men and women serving overseas.

For the second year, ROTC cadets and the Clarkson Guard shipped holiday packages to alumni serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The project was made possible by the "Drop and give me Twenty... Bucks!" program that challenges Clarkson ROTC alumni to donate $20 to put toward care packages to be sent overseas.Clarkson army rotc, clarkson guard and alumni association donate gifts to service men and women over seas

The program was started as a collaborative effort by Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky, Lt. Col. John Hinrichs of the Military Science Department, and alumnus Michael Santarcangelo, class of ’73.

Army cadets donated books, DVDs, magazines, treats and other comfort items to ROTC alumni who are currently serving in combat zones. The Clarkson Guard, a Clarkson University club for students who support those serving the military, made a contribution to pay for shipping.

The funding donated by alumni was used to add Clarkson memorabilia, such as pennants and Clarkson holiday ornaments, to the packages, which allowed the deployed soldiers to show some Clarkson pride while on deployment.

Among the alumni receiving packages were 2nd Lt. Don Ingrim, class of ’09, 1st Lt. Brandon McNaughton, ’08, and Maj. David Snow, ’94. A total of 12 boxes were sent to Clarkson ROTC alumni this holiday season.

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Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) and Clarkson Guard Student President Geoffrey Smith of Riverside, Conn., fill boxes with Clarkson holiday gifts for military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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