Games such as Scattergories and NFL Street, books and other loot filled the holiday packages that members of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity at Western Carolina University prepared this week for men and women serving overseas.
“We want to help the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines around the world,” said Mark Rogers, president of WCU’s Kappa Alpha Order. “Last year, when I was in Afghanistan with my reserve unit, we received boxes of gifts from strangers this time of year. It was one of the most touching things I’ve seen in my life, and that’s why we did this.”
WCU’s Kappa Alpha Order members collected about $1,400 from students, community members, businesses and fraternity alumni for the “Operation Christmas Knights” community service project.
“All of our active brothers were involved in the fundraiser, and 30 of our alumni donated to the cause,” said Rogers. “It will be an annual event for as long as we have military men and women overseas who are fighting in the war.”
WCU’s Kappa Alpha Order also has decided to sponsor a military unit through AnySoldier.com.
“We adopted a U.S. Army explosive ordinance disposal unit that is overseas,” said Rogers. “The unit is stationed in Jalabad, Afganistan, which is where we lost many of our guys when I was overseas.”