When Lisa Braccio learned Stop and Shop would be donating $47K worth of goods they collected in September to the care package drive she’s holding this weekend, she was thrilled. She was also worried.
Having organized care package drives twice a year for many years now, Braccio knew the cost to ship all the items to US troops serving in Afghanistan would be steep. With advanced donations down this year, she wasn’t sure she’d be able to find the money.
Back in July, AT&T had donated 250 calling cards to send to troops overseas, so Braccio thought to turn to them for help. AT&T came through with a donation of $4K to cover the full cost of shipping the donations collected by Stop and Shop.
“To have AT&T really step up means there will be a lot of happy faces this holiday season,” Braccio said this week.
President of AT&T New England Patricia Jacobs said the company was happy to contribute to the care package drive, especially since it benefits servicemen and women who will be away from home over the holidays.
“My father was in the Navy for 36 years and he missed a lot of holidays,” Jacobs said. “To do this has real meaning for me.”
Representative Carolyn Dykema said she was gratified to see the business community rally to keep the care package drive going. “The community loves to support the troops, and Lisa makes it very easy and very personable,” Dykema said.
Braccio and her team of volunteers are hoping even more donations will come in from the community this weekend. You can drop off non-perishables, personal hygiene products, and more at the Senior Center on Saturday and Sunday. See this post for hours and a list of items they need. You can also make monetary donations to further offset the cost of shipping.