MISHAWAKA–– On Nov. 11, Bethel’s Dining Commons honored two of its own Army veteran employees and troops around the world. There were cards out for students to write for Bethel to send out to troops and videos of veterans playing during lunch.
Jessica Buzza, marketing manager, said over 100 cards were written and sent out to troops. Buzza stressed the importance that letters help with the mental health of the troops and veterans. Writing and sending cards is an easy, low-cost effort that Bethel makes, but one that makes a difference for the troops. Buzza said that through the videos of veterans played at lunch, students are more motivated to actually write letters, and seeing veterans on campus is more relatable.
“[It helps students] understand what a veteran has gone through,” Buzza said.
Coming up, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, there will be a Thanksgiving dinner served in the Dining Commons and another opportunity for students to write letters, this time to people who have made their day. This award goes to a dining commons employee in which they receive a certificate and a gift card.
“[There will be a] canned food drive during Thanksgiving meal,” Buzza said.
Students are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to the Thanksgiving dinner.