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Student Organization Collecting ‘Troopons’ to Aid Military Families

Wondering what to do with that ever-growing pile of newspaper inserts and magazines in the recycling bin? Harvest them for “Troopons” – Coupons for Troops – and help a caring campus organization ease the financial burden on military families.

Students Making a Contribution is conducting a coupon drive from Thursday through Veterans Day (Sept. 11-Nov. 11), collecting manufacturers’ cents-off coupons to benefit service personnel both here at home and those stationed overseas, where currency-exchange rates are often less than favorable.

“We want to honor Penn College’s history of being military-friendly by helping out current servicemen, servicewomen and their families,” said SMAC President Bethany M. Reppert, an applied human services major from Pottsville.

Members of the civic-minded student group, who will package and mail the donations, ask that the coupons be separated into sandwich bags by four categories: food, nonfood, baby care and pet-related products. To allow for shipping time, coupons should be at least two months’ away from their expiration date, and store-specific coupons should not be included.

Other than that, there are few ground rules.

“As long as it has a monetary value printed on it, we’ll take it,” Reppert said. “We’re hoping to raise at least $5,000 in coupons, and we can use all the help we can get!”

Faculty/staff and students can drop off clipped coupons at four locations on campus: the Bush Campus Center, Dunham Children’s Learning Center, Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center, and the Student and Administrative Services Center.