BU sororities sponsor letter-writing campaign for overseas troops

For immediate release: Feb. 18, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s sororities are hosting a letter-writing event to support the Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers overseas on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Starbucks Coffee, downtown Bloomsburg, and Monday, Feb. 25, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Kehr Union, Hideaway.

All 14 BU sororities are encouraging members of the campus community and local residents to write letters and collect coffee donations for soldiers, but for one sister of Delta Phi Epsilon it is more than another service event.

The war hit home for junior Kristy Westbrook from Sayre when three of her best friends were deployed to Afghanistan and another to Egypt just over a month ago. For two of them, it is their second tour.

“Right when they start to get homesick, they’ll have the letters,” said Westbrook, a mass communications and anthropology major. “I figured I would be writing anyway so why not have others write, too.”

A total of 478 names of soldiers have been collected, she added.

Writing may warm the heart, but coffee is what keeps it pumping. Starbucks Coffee is helping the community donate coffee for the soldiers. So far, more than 200 pounds have been collected and donations will be accepted until Sunday, Feb. 24. Donations may be dropped off at Starbucks daily from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“I just wanted my sisters and me to give back to the soldiers,” said Westbrook.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.