As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting U.S. military men and women, Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF)
conducted its annual Boxes for Our Troops Challenge, collecting 2,090 care packages for active duty servicemembers deployed around the world. The annual event was created in 2013 as a way for Carrington Associates across the country, some of whom are veterans, to personally honor and show their appreciation for the servicemen and women currently serving our country.
“Every year, Boxes for Our Troops gives Carrington Associates
a welcome opportunity to rally together—as a team or individually—and create care packages filled with basic supplies, other personal items and notes, to show we’re thinking of our servicemembers,” said Shelly Lawrence, Executive Director of Community Relations, Carrington Charitable Foundation. “Wherever our active military is serving the cause of freedom, we want them to know we care.”
All nine major Carrington office locations participated in the Boxes for Our Troops challenge, generously donating many thousands of dollars’ worth of items, then wrapping, packing and shipping the boxes to servicemen and women serving on land and at sea. Gift box contents ranged from snack foods, breakfast items and bath and hygiene products to board games, footballs and a variety of reading materials. Some boxes were decorated with personal sentiments and themes and included thank you notes and photos of the Carrington team that put it together.
“Boxes for Our Troops is a great opportunity for our team to deliver little reminders of home to our Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen deployed overseas,” said Ryan Dranginis, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Customer Success for Carrington in Aliso Viejo, Calif., who rallied Carrington Associates to pack and donate 349 boxes to this initiative.
In 2003, as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Captain Dranginis received a box with a copy of Surfer magazine, some hot sauce and great letters expressing support from schoolchildren back home.
“We are proud to be part of this program,” Dranginis said, “and hope the boxes delivered also deliver a few smiles to the troops!”
In 2003, as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Carrington senior vice president Ryan Dranginis received a box with a copy of Surfer magazine, some hot sauce and great letters expressing support from schoolchildren back home
The Carrington Mortgage Services team in Lakeland, Florida, proudly packed boxes for overseas military servicemembers