What makes November such a special month? Not only is it Thanksgiving, a time to spend with your loved ones; it’s also Veterans Day. And what better group of people to be thankful for than our nation’s veterans? Their dedication to this country is something each of us can admire. That’s why they are our heroes, and here at Canteen, we give thanks to our vets year-round. Let’s take a moment and reflect on a couple of our favorite highlights!
Care Packages for our Troops
Best Vendors and our Canteen St. Paul branch teamed up with H.O.O.A.H. on Saturday, November 5th to send some holiday cheer to our troops in Afghanistan. Together, they were able to decorate and pack 100 care packages!
“To get something from home when you haven’t seen your family in months is huge,” said Rocky Otte, Chapter President of H.O.O.A.H. “It confirms that your sacrifices are worth it.” Each box was decorated and stuffed with an assortment of care items – from socks and wet wipes, to candy and nuts – along with handwritten notes from local school kids.
“A couple of the notes that the kids wrote would bring tears to anyone,” said Kelly Brimmer, VP of Operations for Best Vendors.
To date, H.O.O.A.H. has sent over 7000 care packages to our troops! What a great way to show our military men and women that we are thinking of them for the holidays.
Habitat for Humanity – A Home for a Veteran
On August 22nd, we introduced you to local Charlotte veteran, Kenneth, and told the story of our local Charlotte branch and corporate office supporting Habitat for Humanity in their efforts to give Kenneth a place to call home. Well we’re thrilled to release an exciting update! Drum roll please…
The house was completed! And on November 10th, our Canteen team joined Habitat for Humanity to give Kenneth the keys to his well-deserved, beautiful new home during a heartwarming dedication ceremony. The Charlotte branch even donated a brand new TV to Kenneth as a house-warming gift. Check out the video below to watch Kenneth’s reaction as well as some touching remarks from our Canteen associates.
In honor of Veterans Day and the holiday season, all of us at Canteen would like to send a special shout-out to our heroes. Thank you so much for your service!