Volunteers at University of Houston-Clear Lake pack toiletries and sort candies to send to U.S. military in Afghanistan and to Houston’s Camp Hope and Fisher House. Camp Hope provides interim housing for veterans suffering combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and their families; Fisher House provides lodging for families of hospitalized veterans.

The gift drive and wrapping event was sponsored by UHCL’s Capt. Wendell M. Wilson Office of Veteran Services. The volunteers also stuffed more than 750 goody bags for wounded vets at the VA Regional Hospital in Houston’s Medical Center. “On behalf of UHCL, we send our best wishes to the brave men and women who will be overseas or in a hospital during the holidays,” said Trisha N. Ruiz, director of Veteran Services.

University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and three doctoral programs, from its four colleges, formerly known as schools, which include the College of Business, College of Education, College of Human Sciences and Humanities, and College of Science and Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and welcomed its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.

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