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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail edition
Santa Clara University, November 15, 2007, Vol. 8, No. 5

Students on a mission for Operation: Care and Comfort

Watson said their project is an apt one for SCU because it upholds the three core values of the University: competence, conscience, and compassion. “Our team believes that everyone has the capability to put forth the time and effort to help support our troops, whether or not they support the war,” he said.

The students made their first appearance near the Benson cafeteria in late October and since then, Watson said they’ve had “great contributions from the students so far, and we hope to see the same from staff and faculty.” To give supporters more information about their efforts, the team sends updates by e-mail to a list that people can sign up to receive. “Our e-mails talk about what we’re doing, items that can be collected, and drop-off and upcoming events,” explained Watson.

On Nov. 18, Operation: Care and Comfort supporters will assemble care packages beginning at 10 a.m. in the American Legion Post No. 318 building, 1504 Minnesota Ave., San Jose. “We welcome volunteers of all ages,” said Watson.

The students will continue collecting donations at Benson throughout the fall quarter, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. In addition to monetary contributions for prepaid telephone cards, they’re looking for items such as:

  • Individually wrapped hard candy, chewing and bubble gum, mints
  • Small packages of nuts, seeds, pretzels, chips and other snacks
  • Trail mix, energy bars, instant oatmeal
  • Powdered, sweetened drink mixes, ground or instant coffee, tea bags
  • Canned meat (no pork), stews, chili, beef jerky
  • Personal hygiene items and toiletries, travel size
  • Hand-written cards and letters of encouragement

For information on how to help, contact Watson at