Lockheed Martin Just Loves to Do 'Stuff' for the USO

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What do a football, The Lego Movie, candy corn and a mullet wig all have in common?

They were among the many items packed by Lockheed Martin employees during the USO fall holiday box stuffing party last week in Moorestown, New Jersey as part of Lockheed Martin’s Month of Giving. More than 50 volunteers took time out from their day to help send a little bit of home to U.S. troops around the world.

“I love the energy in the room when supporting the USO events. Everyone is so enthusiastic about supporting our troops in such a personal way,” said Kimberly Ramalho, MST vice president of communications. “Whether it was helping with set up, stuffing boxes, folding flags, signing banners or managing the inventory, our employees really enjoyed supporting this event in an effort to thank our troops for all they do.”

Nearly 40 items went into each of the 35 boxes packed, including Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations, snacks, DVDs and costume accessories. A couple hundred employees also stopped by to sign USO banners that were put into each shipment wishing troops well.

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The boxes are shipped out to military bases on request. “We put the information out to units that are in a smaller Forward Operating Base or in a remote location in the desert or in the mountains and they can request the boxes for any or all of the holiday boxes we prepare,” Emily Branch, USO representative, explained. Each box holds enough items to support approximately 50 service members.

“I’m proud to say that I’ve been assisting the USO for many years as my husband retired after 27 years in the Air Force and my son recently celebrated his 11-year anniversary with the Air Force,” Beverly Pias, Moorestown employee, stated. “I know how much receiving these boxes means to our troops.”

“We have partnered with Lockheed Martin for several years to do our winter holiday boxes and this year we added in other/fall holidays,” said Branch. The USO has previously held box stuffing parties at the Bethesda headquarters, Denver, Sunnyvale and Huntsville sites. The USO returns to Sunnyvale on October 30 for its winter holiday stuffing event.

“Every day we connect with the military as warfighters,” said Moorestown Program Manager and Navy veteran Jim McGrath.  “The box party is a way for us to connect with them on a human level by lifting their spirits during the holidays and thank them for the sacrifices each one of them has made.”

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“The USO’s mission is to boost the morale of American troops and their families and I think our box program is right at the heart of that,” Branch said. “It allows our servicemen and women to experience what’s going on back home.

“I love that Lockheed Martin is a part of this program and I know that the employees enjoy participating as well.”

October 30, 2014

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