By Natalie Lee
A large group of Loyola University Chicago students spent their Saturday afternoon writing notes and packing boxes for a good cause.
Loyola University Chicago’s Sigma Chi Fraternity hosted a care package drive at the university’s Centennial Forum Student Union to benefit U.S Marine troops currently serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
More than 100 students came to the event to donate clothing, food, and toiletry items, and to write personalized letters to Marines for the care packages.
By the end of the drive, Sigma Chi was able to make 80 care packages that they will give to MarineParents.com’s “Care Package Project.” MarineParent.com, Inc. is an online website that allows Marine Corps families to connect and support one another.
“One of the members in my fraternity has a brother in the Marines, and that sparked the idea of taking part of MarineParents.com’s project and giving back to our troops,” said Juan Rubio, 21, a junior finance and marketing double major and the organizer of the event.
The event was many students’ first times “giving back” to Marines.
“I have never had the chance to show my gratitude to a Marine soldier, and this care package drive gave me the opportunity to show our troops how thankful I am for their bravery,” said Sean Barrett, 21, a junior psychology and biology double major.
Students hope that the care packages will show their appreciation for Marines abroad.
“They do so much for us, I think it’s necessary to give back to them. We want to show them that their efforts to fight for our country and maintain our freedom are not forgotten,” said Kenny Joseph, 20, a sophomore psychology major.
Sigma Chi hopes that this event will push others to get involve in supporting Marine troops.
“It’s an awesome feeling to see so many people here today,” Rubio said. “We’re so proud that we’ve provided the opportunity for so many students to be a part of an amazing cause, and we hope their support continues in the future.”