AOII’s “Sisters for Soldiers” collects donations for US soldiers abroad

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    As the newest sorority on campus, Alpha Omicron Pi is making an effort to make its presence known to other Horned Frogs.

    One of the ways the members of AOII are planning to increase recognition is by raising funds from their philanthropy event, Sisters for Soldiers, which supports a service organization called Soldiers' Angels.

    According to its website, Soldiers' Angels "is a volunteer-led nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families."

    According to sophomore chapter member Melissa Bruns, Sister for Soldiers was started in 2007 by a member of the chapter at Auburn University. The philanthropy has since been adopted by AOII nationally and takes place on campuses throughout the country. 

    Throughout this week, the women of AOII will be setting up across campus, from inside the Brown-Lupton University Union to in front of the library with collection tables and opportunities for students to write letters to soldiers stationed abroad. 

    Freshman member Taylor Neudeck said AOII will be collecting all kinds of items to be sent off to soldiers, including both money and physical donations like socks, deodorant, hard candies, card games and books.

    In addition to setting up donation tables throughout campus, AOII hosted a fundraiser at Potbelly's Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in which 25 percent of all proceeds will go directly to the Sisters for Soldiers program. The money raised will then be used to purchase more goods for donation.

    Freshman AOII member Michaeleah Assini says that since this is the sorority's first philanthropic event, it is a great start to make an impact on campus. 

    "We want to help everyone in the world around us," she said. "That's what philanthropy is."

    For more information about the university's chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, visit their website, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.