During the recent holiday season, Fayetteville, N.C.-based Union Corrugating, a manufacturer and distributor of metal roofing and siding products, teamed up with the Duluth, Ga.-based Hugs For Soldiers organization by providing care packages to deployed soldiers around the world. The packages reached the troops by Christmas Day.
Founded in 2003, Hugs for Soldiers, which supports all branches of the service, is a ministry of Duluth First United Methodist Church. The organization’s efforts resulted in 2015 Christmas care packages shipped to troops in 11 countries. Boxes were filled with snacks, holiday candy, personal-care items, Christmas stockings, hand-knitted caps, socks and hot chocolate. Heartwarming messages from caring citizens filled holiday cards and letters, assuring the troops citizens are thinking about and supporting them as they serve away from family and friends.
This was the first year Union Corrugating participated; the effort was organized at the Union Corrugating headquarters. “Our participation in this great program was our way of saying thank you to the men and women who have clearly sacrificed their safety for the safety of our families,” explains Jason Thornton, vice president, Sales and Marketing.
Union Corrugating hopes to expand participation next year. Mel Acosta, corporate fleet and logistics manager, helped coordinate the efforts. “We’re already looking to involve the other plants next year, so we can make a bigger impact,” he says. “It’s such a good feeling to provide a touch of home to our troops.”