STUDENTS COLLECTING SOCKS, SHOES FOR IRAQI CHILDREN
SOUTHEASTERN ESTABLISHES ST. TAMMANY,
BATON ROUGE DROP OFF SITES FOR SOCK/SHOE DRIVE FOR IRAQI CHILDREN
HAMMOND -- The enthusiastic response
of area residents has prompted Southeastern Louisiana University’s Gamma
Beta Phi to establish additional drop off sites for “Ben’s Kicks for Kids,”
the student honor and service society’s collection of socks and shoes for
The drive, which will run through
Feb. 23, was inspired by the concern for Iraqi children of a Southeastern
and Gamma Beta Phi alumnus -- Sgt. 1st Class Ben Necaise of St. Francisville,
who is stationed in Baghdad with Bravo Company of the Army National Guard's
1088th Engineer Battalion, 256th Brigade Combat Team.
Jackie Dale Thomas, co-advisor
for Gamma Beta Phi and director of Leadership Development/Student Activities
at Southeastern, said that in addition the main campus drop off -- room
110 in the War Memorial Student Union -- members of the community can also
bring donations to Southeastern’s Baton Rouge Center on Essen Lane and
St. Tammany Center on Koop Drive near Mandeville.
The Baton Rouge Center, which
houses the Baton Rouge campus of the university’s School of Nursing and
Health Sciences, is located at 4849 Essen Lane, directly across from Our
Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Donations can be left in the
building’s front lobby.
At the St. Tammany Center, donations
will be collected in room 313. The center is located on the third floor
of the St. Tammany Administrative Complex on Koop Drive near the intersection
of I-12 and Louisiana 59.
Donations will be accepted through
Feb. 23 at all locations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays. Checks, which
will be used for postage, can be sent to Southeastern Gamma Beta Phi, SLU
10414, Hammond, LA 70402.
For additional information, contact
Thomas at 985-549-2233.