Hundreds of Harvard Law School (HLS) students, faculty, and staff gathered in the School’s Pound Hall for a “Thanksgiving for the Troops” event on Nov. 18 to raise money and collect items for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The HLS Student Government sponsored the dinner that raised more than $6,000. Participants also donated items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, and playing cards for overseas care packages. The packages included Thanksgiving Day cards created by third- and fourth-graders at the Cambridgeport School.
“We chose the cause because we know that there are veterans in the HLS community, and we felt that it wasn’t something that generally gets much attention at the Law School,” said Jennifer Dein, HLS ’11, vice president of HLS Student Government and a key organizer of the event.
Several HLS veterans publicized the undertaking by visiting classrooms and sharing their overseas experiences with fellow students.
John Doyle, HLS ’12, who served in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces in Iraq, was pleased to answer questions about his service. “I think a lot of people are curious about what goes on in the military, but don’t know if it’s OK to ask,” said Doyle.
“I started law school this year after two tours with the U.S. Navy,” said Eric Powell, HLS ’12. “I know firsthand how truly meaningful it is to receive packages and expressions of appreciation from home.”
— Christine Perkins