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East Lansing and Lansing Residents Encouraged to "Stuff the Truck" for Local Veterans

November 5, 2015

LANSING, MICH. - Deployed troops and veterans across the state will benefit from five "Stuff the Truck" events taking place on Friday, Nov. 6.

Hosted by the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative (MVEI), the Stuff the Truck events will benefit Lansing Community College (LCC) and Michigan State University (MSU) Student Veterans Centers as well as deployed troops and Volunteers of America Veterans Programs.

"I am very happy to represent our active military and veterans here in Mid-Michigan," said Michael Welch, MVEI veteran resource representative at LCC. "This event will give our residents, who have been very supportive in the past, another chance to support those who have given so much."

To commemorate Veterans Day, the MVEI staff will park military trucks outside Walmart stores in Lansing, Canton, Petoskey, Mt. Pleasant and Marquette, inviting community members to "Stuff the Truck" with donated items. The Stuff the Truck event on November 6 will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wal-Mart located at 3225 Towne Center Blvd, Lansing, near Eastwood Towne Center.

"One goal of the veterans centers is to build connections with campus and local communities," said Sarah Mellon, MVEI veteran resource representative at Michigan State University. "Events like this help us move toward that goal."

Suggested donations for local student veterans include resume paper, USB drives, three-ring binders, individually wrapped snack items, and other school supplies. For care packages sent to deployed troops, baby wipes, personal care items, socks, and non-perishable healthy snacks are encouraged.

For more information, contact Sarah Mellon at 517-884-5973.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

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