The Social Work Club donated 119 hygiene boxes for homeless veterans to Operation Stand Down in collaboration with the Golden Key Society on Monday, April 20.

The boxes contained shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors and other personal hygiene products.

Students from both organizations presented their donations at the ceremony held at 11:15 a.m. at the Operation Stand Down location on Madison Street in downtown Clarksville. “It is always great to see students come out to help the community,” said President of the Social Work Club Nicole Rabenda.

The students exceeded their original goal of donating 100 boxes with 19 extra gathered by the time of the donation.

Students at the ceremony from both organizations wore matching T-shirts and spoke to the Operation Stand Down workers as they presented donations. “[These veterans] have given so much to this country, and we need to give back to them,” Rahenda said. “It was amazing to see students come together to help this great organization.”

Contributors to this effort included Clarksville Dental Center, Williams Adkins in Hopkinsville, Ky, Westgate Inn & Suites of Clarksville, the FRG for Charlie Battery 2-44 Air Defense Artillery Battalion and St. Bethlehem Dental Care.