PBL Collecting Items for U.S. Troops

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) of Southwestern College, in association with Operation Shoebox, is conducting a community-wide drive for supplies that are needed by troops serving all around the world.

PBL is collecting supplies (including non-perishable foods, candy, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) and hand-written letters for the troops, thanking them for their services.  Cash or checks will also be accepted to defer postal service fees to deliver the packages. 

Amy Buxman, PBL treasurer, wanted to do this to get Southwestern College and the community involved in an effort to support our troops who are currently serving overseas.

“I've always been a big supporter of our country's brave servicemen and women, and wanted to help bring a 'touch of home' to those that are still stationed overseas, and missing many of the luxuries that we are used to,” Buxman says.

The drive will continue until Feb. 28.   At the end of the project, PBL will send the donated supplies to Operation Shoebox, who will then divide up the supplies and send them to our troops overseas. 

PBL has donation drop boxes at five different locations.  They are at the Winfield Country Club, Donna’s Designs, Winfield Apple Market, Southwestern College Deets Library, and Country Mart in Arkansas City.  PBL will also collect items during all home Southwestern College basketball games.

For more information, contact Buxman at or by going to

Operation Shoebox was founded in 2003 in an effort to send support, snacks, and much needed personal care items to troops deployed outside of the USA.