LifeGift Sends Care Packages to the Troops
For the past few months, LifeGift employees around Texas have been working hard to collect items for care packages that will be sent to troops deployed overseas.
This is the second year LifeGift has participated in Operation Military Embrace, a Texas-based, military support organization. Beatrice Hodgson, a marine mom and LifeGift employee, came up with the idea.
“We appreciate Operation Military Embrace because they believe in supporting our military veterans and active duty members,” Hodgson said. “We want to show our appreciation by providing support through the Care Package Program. We want to provide veterans with a flavor of home and promise them they are not forgotten,” Hodgson said.
Last year, LifeGift employees donated more than $2,500 worth of goods to Operation Military Embrace. This year, they hope to exceed than amount.
“At LifeGift we have many staff members who have a connection to the military, whether they served or have a family member who has served,” said Kevin Myer, president and CEO of LifeGift.
In their care packages, troops will be receiving everything from peanut butter crackers to toothpaste, shampoo and batteries. The items in the packages are designed to make time away from home a little bit more comfortable.
“I understand the receiving end of the packages because I used to get them when I was deployed in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Oman, Jordan and Qatar,” said Ariana Lopez, an Army Sergeant and LifeGift employee. “It was really nice because it makes you realize people are thinking about you. I love being on the giving end of this now because I know people that are deployed now and I know they enjoy receiving the packages and I’m so happy we are able to do this as a company and reach a larger scale of people.”
LifeGift, along with many other institutions in the Texas Medical Center, participates in programs to hire active-duty military and veterans.
“Hiring veterans is a very important opportunity for all of us,” Myer said. “It’s a chance to hire people who are very top-notch to help our organization grow and become more effective with their unique skills and expertise.”