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Veterans Resource Station Collects 500 Pounds of Donations in Friends of Veterans Holiday Drive

NKU truck with donations
NKU Labor Crew members delivering the 500 pounds of donations to the Jospeh House and VA Center

Veterans Resource Station Collects 500 Pounds of Donations in Friends of Veterans Holiday Drive

VA Center photo NKU Freshman Claudia Reh coordinated the holiday drive.

December 19, 2018– Northern Kentucky University’s Veterans Resource Station collected more than 500 pounds of donations during its two-week “Friends of Veterans” holiday drive. NKU’s campus community dropped off canned food, clothes and other items during the collection from Nov. 26 through Dec. 7.

NKU’s Labor Crew delivered the items to the Joseph House in Over the Rhine and the Veterans Affairs Domiciliary in Ft. Thomas on Dec. 13 and 14. The Veterans Resource Station holds “Fill the Boot” donation drives throughout the year, with this drive focusing on the holidays.

“One of our student workers, Claudia Reh, had the idea to hold a holiday donations drive,” said Ralph Carmichael, Veterans Resource Station coordinator. “We put the boot out, and the donations just started coming in. We even had items dropped off after our collection ended. The response was overwhelming, and we are humbled by the support from our campus to share the holiday spirit.”

NKU serves nearly 500 veterans, active family members, National Guardsmen, Reservists and ROTC students. The Veterans Resource Station, established in 2013, provides seamless assistance with applications, financial aid, VA education benefits, advising, registration, career services and more. NKU has been named a Military Times 2019 “Best for Vets” institution, and it also received the Military Friendly School Gold Status by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit