THE STAFF OF THE INSPIRATION NETWORKS DONATE CARE PACKAGES TO U.S. MILITARY TROOPS
More than 400 boxes shipped to soldiers in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar
Indian Land, SC – Inspired by a growing commitment to patriotism and saluting the American spirit, the staff of The Inspiration Networks has sent 409 “care” packages to soldiers in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar. This represented the latest in a series of activities undertaken by the organization (and its family-friendly network, INSP) to honor and encourage American servicemen and women.
The project, called “Operation Hooah,” has received an overwhelming response from soldiers. One soldier wrote, “All the stuff you guys send, I just distribute between all the soldiers. Whoever needs something from it they take, and we save the rest…Once again thank you for your support!!! It means a lot”
The organization’s commitment to this patriotic cause found expression earlier in 2012, with its short-form program, “Thank You for Your Service,” part of its popular Moments series. This production honors veterans, particularly those who have served in the past and who often have been overlooked and felt taken for granted.
The spot generated enthusiastic support from military and veterans organizations. It has been featured on the Pentagon Channel and USAA’s web channels as well as at the 2012 American Legion national convention and the USAA Veteran’s Day ceremony in San Antonio, TX. In addition to being featured on INSP, the production has been showcased on the nationally syndicated daytime program The View. (INSP currently is in production on a new series
“Moments of Valor,” a joint partnership with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation).
The staff became inspired to do more as a result of the 2012 Indian Land Fall Festival, held at the company’s “City of Light” headquarters. During this community outreach, local citizens were given the opportunity to help the Inspiration staff assemble care packages that were going to be sent to U.S. soldiers currently serving abroad. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
Energized by this success, Inspiration held a special military appreciation service in conjunction with 2012 Veterans Day. Staff who were veterans shared their stories, including testimonials about how receiving care packages helped them get through difficult times. A call to action was generated for staff to donate materials to assemble more boxes.
To fill boxes, employees donated items that included snacks, games, reading materials, toiletries, and personalized messages of “thanks.” Boxes were packed on assembly lines, and manned by staff volunteers. The organization worked closely with current service members, as well as veterans, to coordinate the distribution of materials, which often reached soldiers in high conflict regions.
David Cerullo, Chairman and C.E.O. of The Inspiration Networks said, “To be able to show our gratitude to the men and women who sacrifice their lives for our freedoms was an honor for our staff. Not just to those who have served in the military (or who have family members currently serving), but also to those who just wanted our troops to know how much we appreciate and support them. To know that what we did means so much to them is humbling. We hope others will be inspired, as we were, and that our troops will have more care packages than they know what to do with.”
The organization continues to look for other ways to honor and salute veterans, and encourage those currently serving their country.
INSP is available in more than 73 million households across the U.S. via cable and DBS. Viewers can check their local program guides for channel information or visit www.insp.com.
About The Inspiration Networks
The Inspiration Networks is a family of satellite-delivered networks available to more than 155 million households worldwide. The flagship network, INSP, reaches more than 73 million U.S. households with a classic line-up of family entertainment and ranks among the fastest-growing basic cable networks in America. To learn more, visit www.inspnets.com.