Students in Project Purple Paw display the banner they will fill will signatures to send to troops.

Students in Project Purple Paw display the banner they will fill will signatures to send to troops.

CLEMSON — A group of Clemson University students is using its class project as a way to benefit military troops service overseas.

The project management class started “Project Purple Paw” to collect items and raise money to send care packages to deployed military troops. This week the group will have collection bins at the R.M. Cooper Library on campus and at Clemson at the Falls in downtown Greenville. Bins also will be staffed from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sirrine Parking lot and Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday before Clemson’s football game against The Citadel. Saturday is designated Military Appreciation Day.

In addition to collecting supplies, the Purple Paw team will sell wristbands and will collect $1 donations to sign an appreciation banner throughout the week. The banner will be sent to military troops serving overseas. Staff, faculty, students, alumni and Clemson and Citadel fans are encouraged to make a donation and sign the banner. The appreciation banner signing will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the library bridge through Friday. People who make donations and sign the banner will be entered into a drawing to win footballs signed by Coach Dabo Swinney and members of the football team.

A second group from the same project management class will be collecting items for Clemson Community Care to help those in the local community. Collection bins for this drive will be located at the same places as the bins for the Purple Paw drive.

For a list of suggested items for both the Purple Paw and the Clemson Community Care drives, click here.

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