Santa for Soldiers effort hopes to brighten holidays for the troops

September 19, 2012

Penn State York’s Blue and White Society (BWS) has joined forces with the Penn State York Alumni Society (PSYAS), the Consolidated School for Business Community Service Club and the Mt. Rose Barberama for “Santa for Solders” (SFS). The groups are working together to collect items, now through Wednesday, Nov. 14, for a United States Army unit stationed at Camp Casey, Korea. 

“This effort started as a partnership with our Penn State Alumni Society group and was brought to our campus as a community service project that could get even more Penn Staters involved in sending some holiday spirit to our soldiers overseas,” said Iona Conlon, Blue & White Society adviser and an alumni and development specialist at Penn State York.  “The Blue & White Society is the student extension of the Penn State Alumni Association,” Conlon said.

Conlon noted that many Penn State York students, faculty and staff members have friends and families in the service and SFS is just one small way they can get involved and help the troops.

The military unit to receive the packages has a local connection, as each SFS has since Joyce Turner, project coordinator and secretary/treasurer of the Penn State York Alumni Society, began the program in her apartment kitchen in 2007. 

Letters, cards and items from toothpaste to playing cards to cheese crackers, are being collected.  For a list of items appropriate for donation, visit online. For more information, contact Conlon, at 717-718-6781 or email, or contact Turner at 717-843-3291 or email

Collection boxes at Penn State York are located in the Main Classroom Building near the Alumni and Development Office, outside the Lion’s Den in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, and outside the Lee R. Glatfelter Library in the atrium area.  Donations also can be made during the Penn State Day Fall Open House on Saturday, Oct. 13.  Donation boxes also are located at the Consolidated School of Business in York and at the Mt. Rose Barberama, 1160 Mt. Rose Ave., York, Pa. 

Monetary gifts also will be accepted to help defray the cost of postage. Checks should be made payable to the Penn State York Alumni Society and sent to the campus at 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York, PA 17403.

  • The Santa for Soldiers project is under way at Penn State York and donation boxes are located around the campus to gather items for the troops.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis

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Last Updated September 20, 2012