USF Helps “Sock It to Our Vets”

Nov. 1, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

Photo Caption: Representatives from the University of St. Francis, Exxon-Mobil, Harrah’s Casino, Illinois Valley Community College, Joliet Junior College, Kankakee Community College, Lewis University and Presence St. Joseph Medical Center collected and donated 2,487 pairs of crew socks to the Veterans Affairs Commission of Will County through the American Red Cross “Sock It to Our Vets” event.

The University of St. Francis (USF) joined with several community partners on Friday, Oct. 27 to hand off 2,487 pairs of white crew socks to the Will County Veterans Assistance Commission.

USF, Exxon-Mobil, Harrah’s Casino, Illinois Valley Community College, Joliet Junior College, Kankakee Community College, Lewis University and Presence St. Joseph Medical Center collected new crew socks at their respective facilities during the inaugural “Sock It to Our Vets” drive hosted by the American Red Cross of Illinois River Valley Service to the Armed Forces program.

Representatives from each organization gathered on the second floor of Tower Hall at the main campus of USF to bring their donations together and hand them off to the Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County (VACWC).

Superintendent of the VACWC Kristi McNichol knows just what to do with the almost 2,500 pairs of socks that were turned over to her that Friday.

“The American Red Cross of Illinois River Valley has been instrumental at expanding veterans resources throughout our area,” said McNichols. “The Red Cross approached us at a meeting and let us know all that they can provide to our community and it’s amazing! The 2,500 socks that these groups have provided to our veterans is a simple way to let them know someone cares.”

This donation will allow McNichols and her team to provide pairs of socks to veterans in need in Will County as well as Grundy and Kankakee county veterans, the Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital and Operation Support Our Troops.

“Like the Red Cross we like to take care of our community and are proud to partner with other veteran organizations in the community,” said McNichols.

USF Veterans Certifying Official, Director of Financial Aid and U.S. Army veteran Bruce Foote appreciates the commitment these organizations demonstrated to veterans and their families. “There are an estimated 131,000 homeless veterans, and undoubtedly Will County has their share,” Foote pointed out. “Events like ‘Sock It to Our Vets’ by the Red Cross and the VACWC helps reach out to these veterans as well as other veterans experiencing difficulties. Every bit helps these very deserving men and women,” he commented.

The University of St. Francis has also made a strong commitment to recruit and serve veterans in the area. Their unique perspective in the classroom thanks to their military service adds to the educational perspective of all students. USF provides several military service member programs including discounts and veteran mentor programs for qualifying students.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.