The Sisters for Soldiers project is spreading! In December the ladies of Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) at Elon University put their own spin on the national sorority's support for the troops.
It was AOII Elon's second year participating in Sisters for Soldiers, and they opened it to the entire campus and general public in order to make it as large as possible. In a one-day event including drinks and music, the ladies collected care package items and assembled packages at the university's student center, inviting their fellow Elon sororities and the general public to donate items and cash to help troops have a happy holidays.
The Elon University ROTC worked alongside AOII, focusing their efforts in honor of Jack Selbo, a recently-graduated cadet who is currently deployed. The cadets gave more than just their time and support--five ROTC cadets participated in "Draft a Date" and were auctioned off as friendly dates to the highest bidders, bringing in $380 that helped stuff additional care packages.
AOII's goal was ambitious--they wanted to double the 35 care packages they brought in last year. They ended sending a whopping 75 care packages! "We loved it," said coordinator Lauren Ludlow. "It was fantastic." Each care package included a note from the AOII Sisters.
In an amazing coincidence, Jack Selbo's aunt was on a prospective student tour of the university that included the student center. When she realized what was happening, she was deeply touched. Overall, the Sisters for Soldiers event was well-received by students, faculty and staff as well. "Passersby dropped in and were very appreciative and excited," said Lauren.
For the ladies of AOII, the care package drive had extra meaning as well. "One of our founding principles is service," Lauren explained, "and it was Founder's day for AOII! I'm incredibly passionate about doing things like this because it's important to give back to our community, especially people serving our country."
Lauren is graduating this spring, but excited about how her young Sisters will continue this new tradition. "I can't wait to see what they do next year," she said.
Neither can we! Congratulations once again, AOII!