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GSW students help troops celebrate the holidays through Operation Desert Support

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AMERICUS, Ga. (Nov. 27, 2012)—Georgia Southwestern State University Psychology Professor Chuck Huffman and his Psychology and Modern Life class showcased their arts and crafts skills for a few hours today to help troops in Afghanistan celebrate the holidays.

Operation Desert Support—Chuck Huffman, Ph.D., right, and members of his Psychology and Modern Life class participated in a stocking decorating workday for troops in Afghanistan.

The class decorated stockings that will be filled with snacks and other goodies. In turn, their stockings will be gathered with stockings from other decorating workdays and sent overseas in a project known as Operation Desert Support (ODS).

ODS was initiated in 2008 by Sumter County 4-H’er Morgan Bowen to show support to troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Through ODS, stockings are still sent overseas to U.S. troops for Christmas.

The stockings are stuffed with items donated from the community. Each one is handmade, uniquely decorated and contains a handmade card. More than 1,400 U.S. troops have received stockings since the program began. Care packages containing hygiene items, foot powder and socks are also sent.

Bowen’s mother April Bowen helped organize the decorating workday with Huffman. April is involved with another Sumter County 4-H program called Sumter Operation: Military Kids which better serves military youth in all phases of the deployment cycle.

For more information about Operation Desert Support, call (229) 931-2316 or (229) 924-4476.




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