By Dave Crawley

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — Westminster College is a comfortable oasis of learning in the gentle hills of New Wilmington. But for many, it’s far from home.

“Care packages” are always welcome.

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“It’s like Christmas,” says freshman football player Connor Cox. “Six hours away, I can’t really go home and go to the grocery store because I don’t have a car up here, so it’s a really good feeling.”

Connor was surprised to receive a care package from home so soon after returning from winter break. When he opened it, he was even more surprised.

“I received a box like this, and I was expecting a bunch of food, chips, stuff like that,” he says. “And I opened it up, and saw a bunch of trash! I called my mom and we talked about it. Asked her if she sent me the wrong box, because that’s how confused I was. But she said it was the right box, and I had to be held responsible for what I didn’t do.”

What he didn’t do is toss out his own trash.

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“I recruited him, so I’m not shocked that it came from his mom,” says Westminster football line coach Colyn Haugh. “And knowing him, I’m not shocked either!”

Connor says he shared his learning experience on Twitter.

“It blew up, and now most of the news channels in the nation are asking for pictures, and quotes, and it’s pretty awesome. I didn’t expect this.”

But then, he didn’t expect a box of trash, either.

“I thought I could get away with it this one time,” he says, “but, obviously, I didn’t.”

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