Glass America and Church Brothers Collision
Repair Team Up to Send Care Packages to Troops in Afghanistan
December 29, 2009
Glass America and Church Brothers Collision Repair LLC have teamed up with
local insurance agents in Indianapolis to send care packages to
troops in Afghanistan.
"When Paige McCarty, who works at Ted Phelps' American Family
insurance agency, told us about her son serving with the Marines
in Afghanistan, she may not have known what she was in for,"
says Julie Lange, account manager for Glass America in Indianapolis.
Lange, along with Jill Cunnington, a sales representative for Church
Brothers, decided to organize a donation drive with local insurance
agents in the Indianapolis area. Lange and Cunnington spearheaded
the project to collect and pack care packages in honor of McCarty's
son, Christopher, and his fellow Marines.
"Paige told Jill and I about how it feels to have a son in
Afghanistan," says Lange. "She is so proud that Christopher
is serving our country, but also fears what he is going through
and witnessing as a marine in a war zone. This got us thinking.
Neither Jill nor I have had someone really close to us serve in
the military, so we didn't really know what the families go through
until we watched Paige. We can all try to imagine, but when she
was told us about the small things that we all take for granted,
that the troops have to go without
well this is what got us
thinking that maybe there is something that we can do."
The care packages contained daily essentials such as tissues, toilet
paper, Chap Stick, gum, mints, deodorant and soap. Lange and Cunnington
began collecting the items back in October, dressing up as USO girls
on Halloween and visiting local insurance agents for their regular
sales calls. They distributed a list of needed items, and told clients
that they would return the week of November 30 to start picking
up the items to prepare for packaging. Thirty-five agencies participated
in the event, which resulted in 30 boxes of care packages that were
shipped to Afghanistan.
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