Checkers®/Rally’s® and Operation Gratitude Send More Than 40,000 Care Packages to
posted on Jul 11 2006 0 Comments
Care packages arrived around the world in time for July 4th
“I’d like to thank our guests, our franchisees and our employees for their tremendous support of our troops and the
Through the placement of collection bins and signage at the majority of its more than 800 restaurants nationwide, Checkers/Rally’s collected nearly 200 large boxes of donated gifts weighing a total of more than 4,000 lbs. to send to U.S. Troops. Checkers/Rally’s sent the collected items to Operation Gratitude to include in their care packages, which were delivered to troops deployed overseas in time for the Fourth of July. Checkers also donated $10,000 to Operation Gratitude to help pay for shipping on the care packages.
“Checkers/Rally’s participation in the Patriotic Drive helped us fulfill our two-fold mission: first, to put smiles on service members’ faces by sending care packages to troops deployed overseas, and second, to give citizens an opportunity to easily show their support for our men and women in uniform,” said Carolyn Blashek, Founder of Operation Gratitude. “Checkers/Rally’s guests generously donated a variety of items, from CDs and DVDs to battery operated fans to beef jerky and other snacks. Moreover, they wrote heartfelt letters of support to our troops. Their donations meant the world to our troops this Fourth of July, and I can’t thank the Checkers/Rally’s company and franchised teams enough for making it happen.”
In addition to guest donations, several other businesses joined the
Moreover, DHL worked with Checkers/Rally’s as the Official Shipping Partner for the Company’s
“Nothing boosts the morale of our troops serving overseas more than receiving care packages from home,” said Allison Barber, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. “Checkers/ Rally’s partnership with Operation Gratitude’s
While Checkers/Rally’s collected items at its restaurants, the Company also leveraged its position as the Official Burger of NASCAR® and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to host dozens of returning troops at the Richmond 400® and the Indianapolis 500®. At these races, troops received exclusive pit tours, full hospitality and tickets to the races, and had the opportunity to participate in the pre-race ceremonies.
Checkers/Rally’s collections for the
About Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (http://www.checkers.com) is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in the
About Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization that sends care packages to U.S. Military Troops deployed overseas. Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express the appreciation of the American people for the sacrifices of the men and women defending our freedom. Our packages include snacks, toiletries, entertainment items, and letters of support from caring students and adults. 100% of donated funds are used to pay for communications and shipment of the packages.
For more information about Operation Gratitude, contact Carolyn Blashek at (818) 789-0123 or visit www.operationgratitude.com.
Since the launch of the America Supports You program in November 2004, more than one million Americans, including citizens, businesses and organizations have logged onto www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil to register the activities and projects in their communities that show their support for
For more information about America Supports You, contact Michelle Shortencarrier at (202) 414-0791 or visit www.americasupportsyou.mil.