The Galion Primary School, in cooperation with the Galion M.O.M.S. group, is showing its support for community members serving in the military through the “Support Galion Troops” program. The district-wide drive begins Nov. 2 and concludes Nov. 13.
The Galion M.O.M.S. (Mothers of Servicemen/women) group was founded seven years ago by two Galion mothers whose sons were deployed. What started with one lunch and two women has grown to monthly dinner meetings every second Tuesday of the month and a meeting the fourth Friday of every month to pack out boxes.
“Our group is supplying the names of local servicemen and women for the drive’s care packages,” Galion M.O.M.S. representative Theresa Benedict said. “We partnered with the schools again this year for this program because we want children to have a positive impression of our military, and we wanted to help the students take a hands-on approach to helping.”
The “Support Galion Troops” program works to collect care package items to send to servicemen and women from the Galion area or that have ties to Galion. Collection boxes will be located in the lobby of the Primary School.
“I am so pleased to work with the Galion MOMs group to coordinate a community service project of this scale,” Primary School Principal Cindy Voss said. “Our students and teachers are very caring individuals, and this is an opportunity for them to show their thanks to those individuals from Galion, or those with ties to Galion, who serve our country and protect our freedoms.”
Donating items is not mandatory for students, but the Primary School would like to show the building’s high level of respect and gratitude to our troops. Items being collected during the drive include: Band-aids, Batteries (AA or AAA), Body wash, Hard candy, Chapstick, Chewing gum, Dried fruit, Dental floss, Drink mix, Eye wash (Visine), Foot/body powder, Gloves, Hot chocolate, Washcloths, Socks, Pens and envelopes, Q-tips, Sunblock, Magazines, Sunflower seeds.
“I am extremely proud of the selflessness and generosity being displayed by our Primary School teachers and students,” Superintendent James Grubbs said. “I invite every member of the Galion City School District family, and the entire Galion community, to join me in supporting this fantastic program to show our heroes that we ‘Support Galion Troops’.”
Call Cindy Voss at 419-468-4010.