Fargo, North Dakota-based Heat Transfer Warehouse, a distributor of heat transfer materials, recently gave U.S. troops a “touch of home” by participating in Operation Shoebox, a non-profit organization that provides hands-on support for troops deployed overseas and care packages for their homecoming. The company gathered everyday necessities from deodorant and shampoo to Starburst candy and magazines.
The Fargo team split into two groups: one went shopping for items on the list provided by Operation Shoebox while the other sorted and placed the items into bags so that once they arrived, they could be sent off right away, according to Heat Transfer Warehouse marketing coordinator Brooke Hestdalen.
“We have team members who have served and know what it’s like to be away from home doing this,” says Hestdalen. “These people are protecting all of us so that’s why it was very important to send them these.”
From January through mid-December, Operation Shoebox sends out more than 50,000 care packages along with a handwritten “Thank You American Hero” note.
“All our team members signed the note thanking them for their service and letting them know that we care and appreciate what they are doing for our country,” Hestdalen explains.
This is the first time the company has participated in this initiative. In addition to Operation Shoebox, Heat Transfer Warehouse gives back in a number of ways, including its annual Adopt-a-School, Giving Hearts Day program, and more.
“We are always trying to come up with different charities to help out and want to get involved with as many different charities as possible,” Hestdalen adds.