Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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November 26, 2012

Volunteers needed today for Operation Desert Support

AMERICUS — Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and Operation: Military Kids (OMK) are hosting Operation Desert Support (ODS) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 27 at GSW in the Student Success Center, rooms 2413 and 2417. The students and public are invited to drop by and decorate a stocking or card that will be sent to members of the United States military currently serving overseas.

ODS was founded in 2008 by Morgan Bowen as a way to support deployed troops during the Christmas holidays. The following items are needed to fill the stockings: Slim Jims, Beef Jerky, large bags of individually wrapped peppermint or hard candy, gum, individual size packs of cookies, snack crackers, nutrition bars, peanuts, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.

Monetary donations for Operation Desert Support are tax deductible when made to Sumter County 4-H. Donations can be brought Tuesday to the workday at GSW or the Sumter County Extension/4-H office located at 127 William Bowen Pointe (behind the new State Patrol office on Hwy 19 S). The final collection day is Monday, December 3.  

Georgia Southwestern State University is starting a support group for Veterans through Student Veterans of America. Operation: Military Kids is a support group for military kids, housed at the Sumter County Extension/4-H office.  For more information contact Charles M. Huffman, Director, Prior Learning Assessment/Military Outreach Coordinator at GSW, (229) 931-2316, or April Bowen, Sumter County Operation: Military Kids Coordinator at (229)924-4476, or Morgan Bowen at or


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