Las Cruces – New Mexico State University students, staff and faculty are putting together care packages for soldiers and airmen deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan in an effort called Project Hero.
Holloman Air Force Base sent a list of the most requested care package items to Michael Ruybal, resident director of NMSU Student Family Housing, in the hopes a targeted collection could be taken up from both the campus and local communities. Ruybal leads the coordination efforts for the project, now in its second year.
"Last year we were brainstorming and wanted to do something that highlighted the ROTC programs on campus," said Ruybal, an Iraq War veteran. "So we try to make it a very large and grandiose program."
Ruybal said the plan is to provide programmatic activities for NMSU students through a weeklong series of events culminating on Saturday, May 1, as well as support the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces by collecting items for care packages and sending them on behalf of NMSU.
On Saturday, the public is encouraged to attend the Armed Forces Day of the program. Events include a letter writing station to troops overseas, a donation center for troops and their families, an Air Force ROTC display, an Army ROTC display, a classic car show and activities for the kids all in conjunction with the spring Aggie football game. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kickoff will be at 11 a.m. and admission is free.
"I hope we can build a foundation for Project Hero to continue on for years to come," Ruybal said.
For more information on the event or on donations to Project Hero, contact Michael Ruybal at (575) 646-5369 or Jennie Toter at firstname.lastname@example.org.