'Bears For Brigades' Leads Effort To Support U.S. Troops

April 7, 2003

by Amanda Lewis, Student Newswriter

Bears for Brigades, a group of current Baylor University students and graduates, is encouraging other students, faculty and members of the Waco community to take an active role in supporting American soldiers in Iraq.

The group will be collecting items to "Fill a Truck For Our Troops" on April 10 during Diadeloso, Baylor's annual school holiday and university-wide celebration. Organizers hope to pack the bed of a full-size pickup truck with travel-size toiletries, such as mouthwash, soap, shampoo and antibacterial hand sanitizer; baby wipes; international phone cards; pocket crosses and rosaries; chewing gum; and hard candy.

"I believe it is important to provide humanitarian aid for those who are fighting for our freedom and the people of Iraq who live in day-to-day oppression," said Casey Janes, project chair of Bears for Brigades. "We wanted to do something to show our support, not just verbally, but by donating small tokens of appreciation to our troops."

The non-profit organization will continue collecting small items and monetary donations for as long as needed. Checks can be made payable to Baylor University and sent to Janes at 700 S. 4th St. #711, Waco, Texas, 76706.

For more information on Bears for Brigades, contact Janes at (254) 755-6301.

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