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|PRESENTATION ON AMERICAN PRESENCE IN IRAQ BY INITIATOR OF SOCK &
SHOE DRIVE SCHEDULED AT SOUTHEASTERN
HAMMOND -- A presentation on
the American military presence in Iraq by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ben
Necaise of St. Francisville, the individual who initiated a regional drive
for socks and shoes for Iraqi children, will be held at Southeastern Louisiana
University at 5 p.m. Wednesday (March 23).
Necaise will make the presentation at in the
Student Union Theatre at a meeting of Southeastern’s service and honor
organization Gamma Beta Phi. The presentation is open to the general public.
A member of Bravo Company of the Army National
Guard’s 1088th Engineer Battalion, 256th Brigade Combat Team, Necaise is
currently on a two-week leave. He made headlines last month when a drive
he initiated to collect socks and shoes for children in Iraq became a regional
cause. Thousands of items were collected at Southeastern and its regional
centers in St. Tammany Parish and Baton Rouge.
Necaise is an alumnus of Southeastern and
Gamma Beta Phi. His wife Ashley and mother-in-law Linda Ryan, a horticulture
instructor at Southeastern, contacted friends at Southeastern and the drive
took a life of its own. In addition to the socks and shoes, cash donations
of more than $1,500 were collected and dedicated to paying postal charges
to ship the items.
“Ben is thrilled with the overwhelming response
to his initiative said Jackie Dale Thomas, Gamma Beta Phi co-advisor. We’ve
sent some initial shipments to Iraq, but we still have a lot of packing
to do. We do have a need, however, for additional funds to pay the shipping
Donations can be sent to Gamma Beta Phi, SLU
Box 10414, Hammond, LA 70402.