Hometown Heroes: Sorority sends care packages to troops

A Youngstown State University is collecting care packages for soldiers


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Members of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority at Youngstown State University are putting together personal care packages for soldiers overseas from donations they have collected.

The women were putting the packages together recently outside the Pollock Room at Kilcawley Center, where WYTV Daybreak anchor Len Rome surprised them with a Hometown Hero award.

The sorority has been doing the “Sisters for Soldiers” project for four years.

“Our first year, we sent about 15 to 20 boxes. Each year, we have been able to grow that amount,” Alpha Omicron Pi member Courtney Gerke said.

This is her fourth year participating in the project.

The women will be packing up 120 boxes and shipping them out around the third week of March. A lot of them are going to specific military units.

“And it’s nice, after we send them, sometimes we get pictures back from them with our boxes, so it pays off that we know they really enjoy it,”¬†Alpha Omicron Pi member Brianna Cohol said.

The sorority members were collecting donations at the Eastwood Mall in February. The American Legion Post 301 in Austintown helped them with collecting donations and getting the word out.

“It has been nice just to see the amount of people we can impact,” Gerke said.

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