UniFirst Sends 'Care Packages' to U.S. Soldiers Serving in Middle East
WILMINGTON, Mass., May 29, 2013
WILMINGTON, Mass., May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --U.S. military soldiers serving
in Afghanistan will soon receive two seven-foot-tall pallets of "care
packages" courtesy of UniFirst employees. The packages, filled with snack
foods, toiletries, clothing, games, and other needed supplies, are a result of
UniFirst Corporation's "Thanks from Home" collection and donation program.
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UniFirst, a leading supplier of uniforms and workwear to business throughout
the U.S. and Canada, developed the troop support program last year in
partnership with MooreMart, a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting
and sending supplies on an ongoing basis to U.S. soldiers serving in the
The UniFirst program is a nationwide, grassroots effort involving more than
200 company locations that collect donations from employee Team Partners,
vendors, and nearby community members.
This year, the soldiers slated to receive the UniFirst packages are based in
Afghanistan and are members of the New Hampshire-based 237^th Military Police
Company and the II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). The 237^th is
currently providing military security and mentoring the Afghanistan National
Police in the southern province of Khost, while the Marine Force is based at
Camp Leatherneck in the eastern province of Helmand, where it serves as a
quick-deploy air-and-ground fighting group.
The UniFirst "Thanks from Home" program was started by UniFirst Senior Vice
President Michael Croatti as a way to demonstrate the company's ongoing
gratitude for the sacrifices U.S. soldiers make while serving overseas.
"They're putting everything on the line for us, and this is just one small way
we can show our thanks and let them know we're thinking of them."
Croatti said he was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the UniFirst
employees and friends who made donations this year. "The patriotic outpouring
was astonishing and wonderful to see," Croatti said. "It's a tangible
demonstration of the caring family culture we have within our company and our
staff—one that's obviously shared by our vendors and neighbors when it comes
to supporting our military."
Donations received for this year's program were about three times those of
last year, Croatti said. Once delivered to the corporate office, nearly 100
UniFirst employees stepped forward and volunteered their time to help pack
what turned out to be more than 300 individual "care packages." After two
designated pallets were filled for delivery to MooreMart, a surplus of
donations still remained. That overflow, Croatti said, is now being earmarked
for distribution to other military units serving in the Middle East.
UniFirst (NYSE: UNF), a North American leader in the supply and servicing of
uniforms, workwear, and protective clothing, outfits more than 1.5 million
workers each business day. UniFirst also offers Facility Service programs
including floor mats, mops, and restroom products. For more information,
contact UniFirst at (800) 455-7654 or visit http://www.unifirst.com.
Contact: Ken Tokarz, 978-658-8888, ext. 4360
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