GSU students collect snacks for soldiers

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Snacks like chips, crackers, or cookies might be something the average college student takes for granted if they're constantly as close as the nearest pantry, vending machine, or trip to the grocery.

But, for soldiers deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, those treats might be harder to find.

Students at Georgia Southern University collected roughly 5,200 snacks to ship to troops with the 438th Expeditionary wing in Kabul, Afghanistan. On Monday, student volunteers wrapped up the packing of more than 100 boxes for shipping.

"I just feel it is important to support troops no matter how you feel about the war," said student volunteer Sara Paulsen. "I've got lots of friends from my hometown who are in the military so I appreciate their service."

"We talked with commanders of the 438th and they said the food just starts to taste the same, so the snacks are a true morale booster," added Dr. Todd Deal, who helped put together the drive.

The University is still collecting monetary donations to help offset the cost of shipping. Anyone who would like to donate may call the University at 912.478.5555.

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