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ROTC, Operation Gratitude will host Christmas for the Troops on CBU campus

RIVERSIDE (Oct. 17, 2013)—California Baptist University’s ROTC program and Operation Gratitude will host Christmas for the Troops each Thursday and Friday from Oct. 17 to Nov. 15.

Participants will write a Christmas card or donate items to a soldier.

“Our cadets care,” said SFC Jay Villasenor, CBU military science instructor. “Although not in the Army yet, they understand the feeling of being away from home. The Christmas season is a very difficult time for our troops deployed overseas. Receiving a Christmas card from an unknown person brings joy and happiness to our soldiers.”

The ROTC has hosted the event for the past five years. Villasenor said it provides a way to thank the military for their service and the freedom they provide.

“I was a recipient of this gesture when I was deployed overseas,” he said. “It is a good feeling reading Christmas cards from folks who care so much for what we do.”

Christmas for the Troops will be located across from the Alumni Dining Commons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on designated days. Christmas cards will be provided. Suggested donation items include toothbrushes and toothpaste, energy bars, candy and small plush toys.

Operation Gratitude annually sends more than 100,000 packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to U.S. service members.

For more information, contact Villasenor at 951.343.4254.