As part of their participation in the USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro) Turkeys for Troops program, dozens of DynCorp International team members volunteered their time to help pack Thanksgiving boxes for local military families.
DI personnel joined other USO volunteers at Fort Belvoir to fill each box with the essentials for a Thanksgiving meal. –From cake and bread mixes, to canned fruits and vegetables, the boxes contained everything a family could want, including a gift card to purchase a turkey from their local grocery store.
USO’s Turkeys for Troops Program
USO Metro organizes the annual event as another way to say thank you to military families. Salaries for junior enlisted soldiers are modest and for many families a Thanksgiving feast can be a big expense. “Turkeys for Troops” is open to active duty service members at the E5 rank and below who sign up for the program and are approved in advance. Volunteers pack the boxes, deliver them to military posts in the area and distribute them to enlisted service members.
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The box stuffing event, which took place Saturday, November 17, 2012, wasn’t only a good deed, it was a great workout! Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to pack hundreds of boxes with non-perishable Thanksgiving fixings including corn, peas, green beans and yams; cake mix, icing, and pie crust; cornbread, cranberry sauce, and gravy.
Kenneth Juergens, Global Logistics and Development Solutions group vice president, Joe Kale, chief compliance officer and Ashley Burke, vice president of communications joined scores of DI volunteers who were accompanied by family and friends, packing box after box. In just three hours more than 800 boxes were ready for delivery to grateful families in perfect time for the upcoming holiday on Thursday.
“The DI team made a difference for hundreds of families in just a few hours,” Burke said. “The USO does such a great job organizing events that allow us to thank those who serve; we’re proud to be among their top sponsors.”