Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF)
, the non-profit organization of The Carrington Companies, recently conducted its annual Boxes for Our Troops Challenge, collecting 1,591 care packages for active-duty servicemembers deployed around the world.
The annual event was created in 2013 as a way for Carrington and Vylla 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. Six years later, CCF has sent approximately 7,000 boxes overseas to active-duty servicemembers.
“Many active-duty military rarely receive mail, leaving them to cope without words of encouragement and support from friends and family back home, and we wanted to change that,” 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. Every year, Boxes for Our Troops gives Carrington Associates a fun opportunity to rally together.”
All nine major Carrington and Vylla 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.
“The Vylla Team had a ton of fun raising funds and awareness for Boxes for Our Troops–so much so that we raised $10,000 for the cause,” said Julie Beamish, vice president, operations, for Vylla in Aliso Viejo, Calif., who rallied Vylla Associates to pack and donate 520 boxes to this initiative. “We value our deployed troops and the sacrifices they make every day for our freedom. Sending goodies, reminders from home and personal notes is one small way we can show our appreciation.”