Gift Boxes Filled with Spirit of Southern Maryland Head to Troops Serving Abroad

College of Southern Maryland student Brandon Hewitt

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College of Southern Maryland student Brandon Hewitt, of Mechanicsville, places greetings from Southern Maryland into boxes for delivery to local military members serving abroad. CSM Adjunct Faculty Barbara Link organized a service learning project for her English classes which grew into an effort involving 36 of her students, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s county businesses, schools, government, military and non-profits. Volunteers filled more than 140 boxes with items that reflect the spirit of Southern Maryland, including Maryland blue crab ornaments donated by St. Mary’s resident Doro Stubbs and hand decorated by children from King’s Christian Academy in Callaway, and 300 new and used DVDs collected by students in CSM Languages and Literature Professor Carolin McManus and CSM Business, Economics & Legal Studies Professor Rex Bishop’s classes and others. “We want to make this an annual event,” said Link.