Santa for Soldiers project to again benefit those serving in Afghanistan

November 05, 2014

Penn State York’s Blue & White Society (BWS) has again joined the Penn State York Alumni Society (PSYAS), the Consolidated School for Business Community Service Club and the Mount Rose Barberama for Santa for Solders (SFS), collecting items through Wednesday, Nov. 19, for a Pennsylvania National Guard unit stationed in Afghanistan.

“This project is a partnership with our Penn State Alumni Society group and was brought to our campus as a community service effort that could get even more Penn Staters involved in sending some holiday cheer 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 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 and outside the Lee R. Glatfelter Library in the atrium area. Donation boxes are also located at the Consolidated School of Business in York and at the Mount Rose Barberama, 1160 Mount Rose Ave., York. 

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, or donors can visit, click on the donate button and use PayPal to donate postage funds.

  • Santya for Soldiers Boxes

    Plenty of boxes of items to brighten the holidays for soldiers in Afghanistan were mailed last year thanks to the Santa for Soldiers  project.

    IMAGE: Penn State
Last Updated November 06, 2014