Friday, January 13, 2012

Senior Center Volunteers Collect Candy for Troops

Members of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center organized a charitable drive to collect candy for US troops last month. More than 250 packages of candy were collected, along with $360 in monetary donations to support the project. Jay Honohan, Senior Center member and chair of the Senior Center Commission, and Emily Light, Senior Center community outreach specialist, presented the donations to Maria Tyson, president of the Iowa Troop Pantry, on December 6.

Donations were collected by Senior Center volunteers at the 1st Avenue and Waterfront Hy-Vee stores in Iowa City on Veterans Day, and at the Senior Center the following week. "We were extremely pleased with the community's enthusiastic response to this project," said Light. "From beginning to end, our volunteers were really the ones who made this happen."

The project was spearheaded by Jay Honohan, who got the idea from his nephew. Honohan's nephew was stationed in Japan helping to clean up after the tsunami and was very pleased to find a packet of Skittles in his MRE. Honohan knew how much this simple pleasure meant to his nephew and other troops, so he worked with Light to organize The Center's first "Skittles for Soldiers" candy drive.

For more details on the "Skittles for Soldiers" project, contact Jay Honohan at 319-338-6990 or Emily Light at 319-356-5224. The Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center is located in downtown Iowa City at 28 South Linn Street. To learn more about The Center, call 319-356-5220 or visit our website at

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