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Time to roll, Timbys: NU taking on SVSU in drive to collect goods for veterans

November 7, 2023

Northwood University is taking on Saginaw Valley State University in a competition to collect personal hygiene products for veterans.

“We are grateful to have these two local universities competing to see who can get the most donations for our Fill the Trailer project,” stated Brad Blanchard, director of the Great Lakes Bay Veterans Coalition. “This project supplies personal hygiene items to homeless and low-income veterans and their families.”

The Saginaw VA distributes over 80 hygiene kits per month to help those who have served, and the program helps veterans from the mid-Michigan area all the way to the Mackinac Bridge.

“As America’s Free Enterprise University, Northwood is thrilled to go head-to-head with SVSU to collect personal hygiene goods for veterans and their families,” stated Dr. Christie McDonald, the director of financial aid for Northwood University who is leading the collection effort at Northwood.

Each item collected grants the respective school 1 point, and items can be collected through Nov. 30, 2023. A full list of items being collected can be found online here.

Northwood drop-off locations include:

• Church Family Administration Building

• Athletic Office

• DeVos Graduate School

• Student Union

“We’re calling on Timberwolf Territory to rally to support struggling veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much for our great country,” McDonald noted.

For more than 40 years, Northwood University has provided voluntary education programs to our nation’s service members, veterans and military family members. Recently, Northwood was recognized as a Veteran-Friendly School for the 2023-24 school year by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

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