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Published 10/18/2004

Owens Lends a Helping Hand By Sending An Assortment of Supplies to U.S. Soldiers, Oct. 19

Owens Community College will brighten many brave U.S. soldiers' lives in the coming month by sending an assortment of supplies overseas as part of a unique community service endeavor titled, "Donations For Soldiers" Supply Drive. Thousands of donated items ranging from Nerf footballs and board games to books and toothbrushes will soon be hands of over 100 soldiers in the Ohio National Guard's 216th Engineer Battalion from Walbridge supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Beginning on Tuesday, October 19, "Donations For Soldiers" Supply Drive organizers will review and inventory all donated items from the event. The supplies will then be placed into boxes and delivered to representatives with Walbridge's 216th Engineer Battalion in the next two weeks. Owens officials will sort through the various supplies from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the College's Alumni Hall.

Among the variety of toiletry, stationary and food items donated were sun block, band- aids, soap, pens, paper, envelopes, packaged candy, tea bags, gum and mints. Additionally, miscellaneous items such as soccer balls, crossword puzzles, decks of playing cards, disposable cameras, used DVDs and CDs, batteries, and phone cards were received.

"The impressive response area residents and organizations have made to the "Donations For Soldiers" Supply Drive is outstanding," said Bill Bowser, Owens Computer Technician and co-organizer of the 'Donations For Soldiers' Supply Drive. "Through the collaboration of the College and the community, the 'Donations for Soldiers' Supply Drive is one way to extend our appreciation to America's troops."

A former soldier himself, Bowser added, "The donations accepted over the past month will have an overwhelming impact on the brave men and women in the Ohio National Guard's 216th Engineer Battalion serving overseas."

The 216th Engineer Battalion was mobilized to support Operation Iraqi Freedom efforts in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. The area includes culturally diverse nations located throughout the Horn of Africa, South and Central Asia and the Northern Red Seas regions, as well as the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq.

As part of its mission, the 216th Engineer Battalion is providing command and control of engineer assets in the area of operations for firefighting, dump truck and bridge building units. The 216th Engineer Battalion unit departed for its overseas mission in early January 2004.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 29 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay- area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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