Business, Foundation and Nonprofit Work Together to Support Troops

Oct 08, 2010, 04:30 ET from Soldiers' Angels

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Organizations who support their communities are working together to pool their efforts in these times when resources may be limited.  One example of this effort is improving care packages for deployed military personnel.  Herr Foods, Inc. and the HERO Organization are teaming up with Soldiers' Angels to provide delicious snacks in care packages for the troops.

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It began when Dan Leon, founder of the Hero Organization, approached Herr Foods.  Soldiers' Angels had been spending a great deal of money to buy snack-size packages of food to include in care packages shipped from San Antonio to troops around the world, so  Leon asked if Herr's would like to raise its visibility with a regular donation through Soldiers' Angels.

Community Marketing Specialist for Herr's, Hans Thomas is responsible for sampling for marketing purposes and recognized the opportunity Leon presented.  A Marine Corps combat veteran himself, he realized he could help support his fellow warriors while also meeting his employer's goals.  "As a company, we've had employees who have served in the military and Herr's is a big supporter of the community," Thomas says. "It ties right in with what we like to do to support the troops and thank them for their service while also introducing them to a product they will see on the shelves at the store."

Herr's is now sending one shipment per month of pretzels and various flavors of potato chips that will be included in care packages to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 600 bags of snacks.  "It's wonderful when a corporation like Herr's that can provide products desperately wanted and needed overseas," says Soldiers' Angels Warehouse Manager Sean Thomas (not related to Hans).  "It also helps lighten the financial load on Soldiers' Angels and demonstrates that not only do individual citizens care, but corporations do, too."

The HERO Organization's primary mission is to support and assist the nonprofit organizations that help heroes such as first responders and military personnel and their families in need.  HERO has chosen Soldiers' Angels as a supported nonprofit, which includes cultivating matching grants and bringing businesses to the table in a variety of support efforts.  For more info, see www.theheroorganization.com.

A recognized leader in the snack food industry, Herr Foods Inc. is headquartered in Nottingham, PA. The family-owned-and-operated company began 64 years ago in Lancaster, PA, and now employs over 1,400 people who make 340+ delicious snack products that are available worldwide.  For more information, visit www.herrs.com or www.facebook.com/herrs.

Soldiers' Angels is an award-winning 501(c)(3) with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and military families through a wide variety of hands-on projects and volunteerism. For more information, visit www.soldiersangels.org or call 615-676-0239.  

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