Java for G.I.s coffee drive

Photograph: Jamie Penwell/The Guardian.

The Wright State Veteran and Military Center and the Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross are hosting a coffee drive. The drive aims to supply year-round comfort to Miami Valley veterans, service members and their families.

The donations will be given to the Wright State Veteran and Military Center, Dayton VA Medical Center and WPAFB Medical Center.

The Veteran and Military Center is making the drive a competition between all of the Wright State departments and athletic teams to see which can donate the most coffee by Dec. 7. The winner will receive a $100 voucher for pizza.

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Sealed cans of coffee, as well as K-cups, are being accepted until Dec. 7. The donations will be delivered on Dec. 15.

Monetary donations in the form of a check are also being accepted and will be used to purchase coffee donations. Checks should be made out to The Wright State Foundation with a memo reading ‘For Java for G.I.s’.

So far, a few hundred cans and around $1,000 have been donated.

This is not the drive’s first year. According to Nate Gunter, associate board member of the Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, Java for G.I.s has been held in past years within the Red Cross community.

Last year’s drive received a highly positive response; however, the coffee went quickly. This year, the goal is to donate enough coffee to supply an entire year, explained Gunter.

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“The Dayton VA goes through four cans of coffee a day on average,” said Gunter. “We wanted to give something to them that would ultimately kind of bring veterans together.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wright State’s Veteran Voices Project will interview Cory Paul live in the Discovery Room; the Discovery Room is located at 163 Student Union. Cory Paul is an Army veteran and the executive director of the Dayton Area Chapter of the Red Cross. A donation of coffee is required for admission.

“We’re very thankful for anything,” noted Gunter. “Every single can helps.”

Donations can be dropped off in 131 Allyn Hall or at 370 W. First St., Dayton, OH.