Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has partnered with two local groups to send care packages to U.S. troops fighting in the “frontline” in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

LMU students, faculty, staff and friends donated items from the troops’ wish list through Thursday, November 13th, to one of five collection points on campus.

“It’s so important to let our troops know that we’re thinking about them and that we will do whatever we can to support them,” said Judy Delavigne, executive assistant to the president at LMU, who is coordinating LMU’s efforts.

Delavigne worked with the Playa Sunrise Rotary and For the Troops, a nonprofit organization that has sent more than 6,750 care packages to soldiers since 2006.

The care packages include personal hygiene items, candy bars, prepaid phone cards and magazines. Letters of appreciation from children and adults are also included in each shipment, among other items.

“The packages are a link to family, friends and home,” said Delavigne.

“It’s important for us as a community to show our troops how much we care for them. Despite the distance, their love and longing for home is eased by receiving these packages.”

Information, (310) 338-2776.

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