Maryland associates help Operation We Care prepare care packages for troops
Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014) - Twenty-five Perdue Farms associates and their family members joined a legion of volunteers recently to help prepare care packages for armed forces members serving in six countries overseas at the eighth annual Operation We Care event in Sharptown, Md.
Volunteers packed boxes and wrote messages of encouragement inside the boxes for the troops. They also sorted items for the boxes and prepared them for shipment overseas. The boxes were filled with a variety of items, including toiletries, toothpaste, floss, canned food, candy, handmade helmet liners, Girl Scout cookies and numerous other items.
Operation We Care was established in 2007 by Jeff and Diana Merritt of Salisbury, Md., and Bruce Bennett of Seaford, Del. Their hope was to provide troops serving overseas a taste of home. Today, they hold two care-package-making events a year. They have shipped more than 6,000 packages in eight years. Additionally, the non-profit group organizes welcome-home events for returning service men and women, and works with the Wounded Warrior Project to coordinate retreats at local resorts on Delmarva for them and their families.
Earlier this year, the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, supported Operation We Care by providing a $1,000 grant to help fund the cost of shipping packages overseas.
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