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November 1, 2004

Contact: Betty Chen, (512) 694-3721,

Operation Care Packages for Troops in Iraq

AUSTIN, Texas — Students at The University of Texas School of Law have organized Operation Care Packages, a program dedicated to ship at least 350 care packages to Central Texas Marines in Iraq in time for the holidays. Operation Care Packages will hold a collection drive in the Law School Atrium, from Nov. 1 to Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Possible donations include candy, toiletries, non-perishable food and condiments, magazines, games, videos and DVDs. A full list of items that can be donated are listed here: Individuals or companies who would like more information on sponsoring this effort should contact Betty Chen.

About Operation Care Packages:
In the comfort of our own homes, it’s easy to forget how accessible some everyday conveniences are to us. Did you know that Marines are required to shave every day in order to keep their gas masks in place? This may already seem like a pain but think about having to do it with dull razors! Upon arriving to a different and faraway place, there is nothing so sweet as a letter or package from home, especially during the holidays. The goal of this project is to ship 350 – 500 care packages to Central Texas Marines overseas in time for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We have two specific needs for support: postage funds and items to donate.

Law School Chairperson: Betty Chen,
Marine Liason: Keith Smith is a 3L who joined the Marines in 1994. Upon graduation, he will serve as a JAG officer. He can be contacted at
Faculty Advisor: Sarah Buel has a niece and a nephew in the Air Force currently serving in Iraq. She can be contacted at
Packaging Leader: Kelly Bohne is a 3L whose husband is an active-duty Marine. You can reach her at
Shipping Leader: Rafael Morales is a 3L who was a United States Border Patrol for two years. His brother just got back from Iraq and his cousin is serving there right now. He can be contacted at
Collection Leader: Roshan Mansinghani,