“Treats for the Troops”
After a successful first month in True’s “Year of Giving” Campaign where we encouraged our Team Members to give back to themselves by setting health related goals, we were ready to keep the giving going and help others.
With February beginning, and Valentine’s Day soon to follow, we decided to turn our attention to a very important group spending time away from their families and loved ones: our Service Men and Women. These brave men and women risk their lives each and every day so that we may enjoy our freedom and security. Their dedication and service means the world to us, and we wanted to find a way to show our support and gratitude.
Since they are away from home serving their country, we decided to send a little bit of home to them in the form of care packages. We dedicated the entire month to our troops setting up collection bins in our kitchen and asking our Team Members to bring in supplies.
Our hope was to put together a few care packages. Amazingly, little by little, the items started flowing in and soon our first collection box was overflowing with treats! Knowing our amazing group, we were thrilled, though not surprised, when a second and then third box were filled to the brim with supplies.
The items we collected ranged from the basic creature comforts of toothpaste/toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, etc. to the more exciting treats like candy, trail mix, and of course Girl Scout Cookies (‘tis the season).
We ended our collection on February 29th, thanking Leap Year for the extra day to gather items! All the supplies were brought together and organized into categories. Seeing everything in one room was an amazing and proud moment. The items, easy enough for us to donate, really added up to something special.
By the time everything was divided, we had a total of 11 boxes filled to the brim with supplies for our Service Men and Women. Most of the boxes had multiples of some items to share with others and some even included phone cards so they could call home to their loved ones.
This month’s theme is very important to us here at True, since we have Team Members who have served in both the Marines as well as the Air Force. Throughout the month, these veterans shared their thoughts about why they decided to serve and what their time in the military meant to them. They were a huge part of our inspiration during this month and the reason why we were able to collect so much. We are extremely proud to work alongside such courageous individuals and are thankful every day for their service – and the service of all our Military Men and Women.