Thursday, December 2, 2010


The holidays are a time to celebrate life’s joys with family and friends, but for our troops serving the United States overseas, the holidays can be a lonely time spent without their families and friends.

To provide the troops with some holiday cheer, as well as some essential supplies, members of The College at Brockport’s women’s volleyball team will collect items to go into a holiday care package before and during this Friday and Saturday night’s home ice hockey games.

The team is looking for help from the Brockport community to provide our soldiers serving overseas with essential items this holiday season. The team and its coaches will have a booth set up outside the Tuttle North Ice Arena before Friday night’s 7 p.m. game against Oswego, and again before Saturday night’s clash with Cortland. The team hopes to collect items such as deodorant, tooth brushes, disposable cameras, chewing gum, chapstick, magazines, books and DVD’s to ship in care packages for American soldiers serving overseas.

There will also be holiday greeting cards available for members of the Brockport community to send their well-wishes to our troops. In addition, donations are being collected to help defray the cost of shipping these items overseas, as well as to purchase additional essential supplies for the troops.

Head coach Kelly Greapentrog is among the members of the volleyball team who has friends and family members actively serving their country. She said it was an easy decision to band together and collect items for the troops.

“Everyone on this team knows someone ... that is serving or has served,” in the military, Greapentrog said.

“So many families will not get to spend the holidays with their loved ones. So if we can send some cards and items to those that are overseas, to thank them for making such amazing sacrifices for us and the country, then I think that is the least that we can do.”

The full list of acceptable items to be shipped for the soldiers includes: chewing gum, fruit snacks, propel packets, deodorant, beef jerky, peanuts, disposable cameras, wet wipes, tissues, tooth brushes, energy bars, chapstick, magazines, DVD’s and books, provided the magazines, DVD’s and books contain appropriate content.

Home-made baked goods, alcohol, fruit, live plants, hard-cover books and cash are among the items that are not acceptable for donation to the soldiers.

For more information on this project, contact Kelly Greapentrog, head women’s volleyball coach at The College at Brockport, by calling (585) 395-5841. The boxes will be shipped out by the end of next week.

Brockport hockey hosts Oswego at 7 p.m. Friday night, followed by a 7 p.m. faceoff against Cortland on Saturday.